With its roots in the rolling South Shropshire hills, Whalebone’s music is infused with the landscape and the lives that inhabit it.
“Elemental force… expressively beautiful…” Folkwords
Taking its cue from the Celtic Folk music of the British Isles, interwoven with strands of rock, Americana and Eastern European tradition, the trio’s music is impossible to classify. Music that does not fit into a comfortable box, eclecticism defined, a unique and vibrant mix.
“..delightfully and defiantly guilty of trespass across musical borders…” Instrumentali Musicali
The desire to create sonic imagery without the need for words has long been a feature of Whalebone’s writing, combining melodies and harmonies to create a sense of place, evoking the intangible beauty and mystery of life. Rooted connectedness between location and music finds expression in their performances and recordings.
Formed in 2005, the trio comprises of Steve Downs (Guitar, Mandolin), Charlotte Watson (Guitar, Bouzouki) and Sarah Ibberson (Fiddle), though it’s the interplay between them that makes their craft a living, breathing entity, delivering music that’s sensitively serious, delicately defined, cleverly constructed and utterly original. Past accolades have included runner up FATEA Instrumental album of the year, CKUA Top 10 album of the year, Penguin Eggs critics choice for top 10 albums of 2013 and 2016. Whalebone launched their current tour with a sell out show at The Edge Arts Centre. Their 6th album ‘Mirabilia’ is released on Two Wild Women Records.
“..instrumental music of high sophistication…skilled musicians and imaginative arrangers” (Living Tradition)
“..can be enjoyed by non folkies who can quite easily pass it off as classic rock and there are enough folk elements to keep the best finger in the ear traditionalist happy too” (Folkall)
4 Stars - 'Special' 'Engaging and hugely enjoyable listen... their tune selection, and execution of the same, is faultless, an ideal balance between light and shade' (David Burke - R2 Rock 'n' Reel Magazine)
'It's no mean feat for an all-instrumental album to hold even the most sympathetic ear for the best part of an hour, but Steve Downs, Charlotte Watson and fiddler Sarah Ibberson succeed with tunes and ideas to spare.' (Steve Bennett - Acoustic Magazine)
'swing their tunes beautifully... wonderfully real...' (Caroline John - Taplas Magazine)
'Brilliantly conceived and executed. It's amazing how the lack of a vocal and alternative arrangement can make the familiar tangential, reflective, requiring attention.' (FATEA Magazine)