For fans of: Leveret, Spiro, Three Cane Whale, JOW, Tin Hat Trio

“The quality of the musicianship is very strong” (Bright Young Folk)

Eleven Magpies is a quartet of musicians who met doing theatre. Led by Bristol-based composer, multi-instrumentalist and music director Ian Ross (Wise Children, Kneehigh), the band features Alex Vann on mandolin (Spiro, Three Cane Whale), violinist Elizabeth Westcott (Yesterday’s Camel), and cellist James Gow (Jow). Their first album Eleven Magpies has been praised as “one of the most refreshing albums of instrumental folk you are likely to hear for a long time” (Folk Radio) and “intense but effortless… this album certainly gives a feeling of well-being” (fRoots)”. 

Now firmly established as one of the leading ensembles in Bristol’s buzzing post-classical & contemporary folk scenes, they have created Two for Joy, another album of exquisitely detailed instrumental music and a powerful reflection on grief, faith, and joy. Together, the ensemble share a thrilling gift for collective expression as they combine their remarkable musicianship to deliver Ian’s poignant and fantastical compositions with verve, humour and empathy. 

Two for Joy will be released by Cuculi Records on 14 May, and the band will embark on a series of dates around the UK, including performances at King’s Place in London (supporting Leveret), The Minack Theatre in Cornwall, and The Orchard in Bristol (with support from Tim & Rhona Dalling).