- Pilgrims' Way
L to R: Edwin,
Jude, Tom & Jon
the wall, colourful, energetic. With
influences starting in early music, passing through Playford and the Morris
traditions, picking up prog, soul, and pop, it's impossible to categorise
the sound they make as folk music is fed through their unique steam driven
Formed by default under
a Stockport pub table in early 2010 by Ed, Tom, and past member, Lucy Wright,
Pilgrims' Way has grown to incorporate a dazzling array of instrumentation
and millinery. With the extraordinarily omni-skilled musician Jon Loomes
(22 instruments played on Red Diesel!), and champion Renaissance woodwind
parper and oboe wrangler Jude Rees joining along the way, the prospect of
an early night is slim.
Beasant (Melodeons, Guitar, Bass, Electric Mars-Bar, etc)
Edwin is a musician with a varied and possibly dubious background, having
been brought up in a Morris Dancing family. Steeped in the traditions of
England, he sought further influences, finding inspiration in the continental
and trans-Atlantic traditions, as well as through Motown and soul.
A compulsive multi-instrumentalist, Edwin plays many, indeed most things,
including some that haven't been invented yet, but is best known as a talented
and inventive box player with ABU and for his stint as the drummer with
Jabadaw. A hugely empathetic accompanist, his greatest strength is in instinctively
bringing out the best in other people's music with exactly the right textures
Rees (Oboe, Vocals, Bagpipes, Woodwind)Jude is the latest addition
to Pilgrims’ Way. As a woodwind specialist she is a widely acclaimed
for her lyrical playing delivered with drive and dynamism. A founder member
of Isambarde, Jude’s barnstorming oboe playing coupled with her ability
to convey narrative through song has won her plaudits from audiences around
the country. A sought-after session musician, she has guested on numerous
albums and arranged strings and brass for studio projects. Jude is also
a fixture on the early music scene. She currently performs with Renaissance
Consort Piva and is known for playing instruments that go PARP and singing
a bawdy catch whilst wearing a variety of silly hats.
Kitching (Fiddle, Mandolin)
10 years and 1250 gigs a professional, Tom was described by Mike Harding
as "one of the best English fiddlers ever " and is certainly one
of the most in demand musicians on the scene, gigging with Gavin Davenport,
Gren Bartley, and Albireo, as well as with his own band, and a duo with
In 2015, he brought out his first solo album 'Interloper' to critical acclaim,
winning a place on the Telegraph's list of folk albums of the year, and
being awarded 5 stars and 6th best album of the year in the Sunday Express.
His hobbies include tarboats, watching Salford Rugby League club lose, collecting
kettle leads, and chairing the Stockport and District Formation Mild Drinking
Loomes (Cittern, Guitar, Hurdy-Gurdy, Concertina, Vacuum cleaner)
A consummate performer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist and ethno-musicologist,
Jon is renowned for his work with traditional English folk music.
His debut solo album was released by Fellside Records to considerable acclaim
and he has subsequently appeared as a guest musician on numerous CDs, and
has produced many more. Upon joining Pilgrims' Way, he was reckoned by James
Fagan to have 'Filled in holes he didn't know were there', thereby saving
the council a fortune in compensation cases.
Rumours that he is merely the puppet at the head of a drunken feline world
domination conspiracy are probably slightly wide of the mark.