Beggar’s Bridge are a Hull-based band who have been continuing the tradition of fine folk acts to come out of the city, and have developed a fine reputation at folk clubs, venues and festivals across the north of England and beyond.
Many of their songs are based upon the folklore that has developed around the people, places and events of their home county of East Yorkshire, encapsulating its rural, urban and maritime heritage, and they have a sound that straddles both the traditional and the contemporary, leaping from sparse and melancholic into the realms of stirring folk-rock, in the blinking of an eye. Their most recent album, 2016’s “Short Stories, Tall Tales”, proved to be a hit in the folk and roots media, with Tim Carroll of Folkwords calling it “a memorable piece of folk-rock”, Bright Young Folk describing it as “an album which shows why folk song and folk tales are so fascinating” and R2 magazine saying of the album “Everything meshes together perfectly. Very impressive”.
It’s essential that an act can ‘do the business’ in a live setting though, and it’s not just their recorded output which has impressed, as the following testimonials demonstrate:
Topic Folk Club, Bradford:
“A thoroughly enjoyable evening of traditional British folk music, done with energy and enthusiasm. The musicianship was impressive and the banter was just right. All in all, a great evening at the club.”
Cutty Wren Folk Club, Redcar, Cleveland.
“Beggar’s Bridge treated us to a brilliant evening of entertainment, with great songs, wonderful musicianship and some very amusing banter thrown in for good measure!”
Crookes Folk Club, Sheffield
“What a great night! Beggar’s Bridge served up a simply wonderful evening of entertainment at Crookes last Thursday. Watch out for these guys – they are good, VERY good. If you run a club or other venue, get them booked NOW!”
New Forest Folk Festival:
“Beggar’s Bridge engaged and delighted a large crowd with excellent musicianship, great harmonies and a host of interesting stories behind the songs. A real pleasure!”
Saltburn Folk Festival, Cleveland
“Beggar’s Bridge opened proceedings at our Saturday concert and went down a storm, setting the tone for a superb afternoon!”
The spaces in between the songs are a notable feature of any Beggar’s Bridge gig, as the first class musicianship and compelling lyrical content is complimented by some fascinating background stories, often interlaced with a good helping of down-to-earth Yorkshire humour, so be prepared to sing along, tap your feet and laugh out loud in roughly equal measures if you get the chance to see them!