The Oddsods
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Date: 22 September - for immediate release

Warwickshire Village pub plays host to an ‘orchestra’ of folk musicians

Popular Warwickshire folk band, The Oddsods launch a new season of lively music sessions with a difference.

The five-man line-up will be performing mainly Irish and Scottish traditional music with lots of musical friends in the upstairs room of the Denbigh Arms pub, Monks Kirby, near Rugby. The sessions take place on the last Sunday of every month, starting this Sunday, 30th September at 8.30pm.

But don’t expect to find them sitting in a circle in the corner of the room. What makes this session special is that it is performed as an impromptu concert, usually to a packed room of pub-goers.

Musicians turn up with fiddles, guitars, banjos, whistles, flutes, squeezeboxes, mandolins, bodhrans (or Irish hand drums) and even euphonium and cellos.

Says lead singer of The Oddsods, Simon Street, ‘Sometimes we get so many musicians, we call them the ‘Oddsods Orchestra’!

‘We never know who’s going to turn up and what we’re going to play. We’ve had some first-class musicians drop in and take part – people like singer-songwriter Rob Halligan and Sean Cannon of chart-topping folk group The Dubliners.

‘It’s always a lot of fun and a great atmosphere. Not only do we attract local audiences – we’ve had visitors from Australia, New Zealand, The Bahamas and even Ethiopia who’ve heard about the ‘Oddsods and Friends’ sessions and made a point of checking us out.’

Admission is free and musicians and singers are welcome to join in. Says Simon, ‘We do invite performers to play a solo number during the evening, but most of the time they sit with the band and join in.’


Notes for Editors

The Oddsods play mainly Irish and some Scottish traditional songs and tunes, which they describe as 'Music for a Rare Old Time'.

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Contact details:

For interviews and further information about The Oddsods, contact:
Pete Willow on 07887 552896 (any time)
Simon Street (lead vocalist) on 07989 441232


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Earlier releases

Date: 12 September - for immediate release

The Oddsods bring a taste of Irish music to Birmingham Beer Festival

Fans of real ale are in for a lively taste of Ireland when popular folk band, The Oddsods appear at the Birmingham Beer Festival on the evening of Friday, 14th September.

Armed with fiddle, melodeon, guitars, banjos, whistles and even a euphonium, the five-man line-up will be entertaining visitors to CAMRA's Birmingham Beer Festival, taking place this weekend in Aston Students Guild, Gosta Green, Birmingham.

Known across the land for their powerful, rhythmic arrangements of traditional songs and tunes, The Oddsods are no strangers to beer festivals and have even wowed the beer drinkers in that most hallowed of real ale venues, the Town Hall in Burton-on-Trent.

This is the latest gig in the busiest year yet for this veteran Warwickshire band. Says Oddsods guitarist and singer, Pete Willow: 'We're in great demand and our new line-up is going down a storm. Our newest member is "mad" Mick Shaler who used to play electric fiddle for Meet On The Ledge. He adds a powerful new dimension that's given the whole band sound a lift.

'We're very much looking forward to the Beer Festival gig. We used to appear regularly at the Fiddle and Bone and the Dubliners venues in Birmingham and we're delighted to be back on stage in Britain's second city.'

The Beer Festival runs from Thursday to Saturday and the Oddsods perform between 8 and 11pm on the Friday.