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There is no
holding back these guys. For at least fifteen years, various line-ups
of the Warwickshire folk band, The Oddsods
have been delighting audiences
of all ages with their 'Music for a Rare Old Time'. Their speciality is
high-energy performance of mainly Irish (and some Scottish and English)
traditional songs and tunes.
Listen out for soaring electric fiddle, supercharged melodeon, interlocking
melody lines from banjo, mandolin, whistle and euphonium (yes they have one of those!),
driven by tight and powerful rhythms of guitars and bodhrans. Add to that some
cracking vocals and harmonies and a touch of friendly banter and you have all
the ingredients for a superb night's entertainment with the 'Sods.
Much in demand for concerts and sessions, the band now performs the occasional
ceilidh or barn dance set, with lead singer Simon Street calling the steps.
- founder member, who sings and plays melodeon, bodhran and mando-cello
- rhythm and lead guitars plus vocals
- tenor and 5-string banjos, mandolin, guitar, bodhran, vocals
RICHARD 'DOC' RIDER
- guitar, whistles, euphonium, vocals
- fiddle, vocals
For sessions and acoustic gigs, it's also not unknown for former
Oddsods members to turn up and contribute to the band's quintessentially lively
and uninhibited sound.
are famous for their energetic 'Music For a Rare Old Time' with a
style that's suitable for all musical occasions. Concerts, pub sessions, festivals,
parties, ceilidhs - wherever you'll find the 'Sods, their mission in life is to
have a good time and to make sure that the audience does as well.
Based in the Midlands, they have performed across the UK and have been booked as
support for top Irish acts Noel Murphy, Sean Cannon and The Fureys
and Davey Arthur.
Veterans of major music events, their past gig list has included Warwick, Bromyard,
Broadstairs and Bridgnorth Folk Festivals, Oakham Arts Festival and the Coventry Godiva Festival.
The Oddsods are also dab hands at getting people singing and dancing at
corporate events, weddings, christenings, beer festivals, car rallies, golf club
do's, house-warmings - you name it, they've livened it up!
The band has been let loose on the airwaves on several occasions, including three
appearances on BBC Radio WM's Carl Chinn Show, one of which included an interview
on air in the middle of a song!
Their wide repertoire of songs and tunes ranges from traditional favourites such
as Whiskey in the Jar, Irish Rover, Leaving of Liverpool, to contemporary folk
classics like Belfast Mill, Green Fields of France and Dirty Old Town, with
plenty of high energy jigs, reels and hornpipes thrown in.
You can usually catch them on the last Sunday of each month when they perform their
free admission 'Oddsods and Friends' shows at the Denbigh Arms, Monks Kirby,
near Rugby. These are always popular shows for audiences and artists alike.
Musicians who wish to qualify for the title of Honorary Oddsod are welcome to
join with the 'Oddsods Orchestra' - a motley but melodious collection of banjo-players,
slide guitarists, whistle-players and cellists.
Scoundrels and Scallywags: (1997) studio and live CD, Folksound records.
Line up: Simon Street, Pete Willow, Paul Kenny and Michael Mahon (4-string banjo)
Shenanigans: (2000), live CD recorded at Brinklow, Karisma records.
Line up: Simon Street, Pete Willow, Paul Kenny, Richard Rider and Nigel Ward (fiddle)