The remarkable album 'Look Both Ways' was a sharp turn left for one of the country's leading ceilidh bands. A conflation of British and Greek folk forms, musical theatre, jazz and soul, astonished critics and delighted audiences, with a sell-out gigs and standout shows at Boomtown, Stainsby, Warwick and Sidmouth festivals.
They now return to live performance, and bring the beguiling show to theatres, arts centres, jazz clubs and pub venues throughout England, in their first major tour; a joyous shout of instrumental virtuosity, a tight rhythm section, four horns and of course the unique style that Amy Kakoura brings. Exciting, heart stoppingly beautiful, majestic, powerful, playful, funny and always entertaining. Not to be missed.
Steamchicken is Ted Crum (harmonica-Peeping Tom, Somerville Gents) and his sons, Matt (sop sax-Demon Barber XL) and Joe (drums), with Tim Yates (bass-Sweet Visitor Band, Blackbeard's Tea Party, Shake the Chains, Albion Band), the latter three being ex-the QP. Katy Oliver (trumpet-Just Say Nay) was found in a pub.
Like Ted, Mandy Sutton (tenor sax) is a refugee from Chinewrde Morris, as is her husband, playwright and co-founder Andrew Sharpe (keys), who met Amy Kakoura (vocals) when they co-wrote the musical Songs from a Ledge featuring music therapist Becky Eden Green (clarinet, alto sax, BVs-Brightside Music) who was at Uni with Matt and played in Sciorr Staged with Matt, Tim and Joe.
…a joyful listening experience that will leave you with a smile on your face and a spring in your step…deserves the widest possible audience. If more people listened to Steamchicken, the world would be a much better place."David Chamberlain: FATEA