“[…] this band of musicians and performers are changing the way people eat with clever, witty and funny songs about fruit, vegetables and healthy eating […] By the far the best folk-skiffle-eat-your-greens-market-stall outfit you’ll see at any conference this year!” –Gabrielle Smith, Children’s Media Conference.
Working in the hinterland between food origins and healthy eating they bring the history, magic, beauty, and health of vegetables and fruit to the world with their unique brand of intergenerational performance and ‘astounding’ repertoire of fruit and veg songs.
The BarrowBand play songs that can be enjoyed by all ages, anywhere. Exceptional musicianship combined with the unique songwriting talent of ex-Incredible String Band member Malcolm Le Maistre creates a performance that is unsparingly musical, energetic,surprising, participatory and educational.
They sing, dance and juggle their way through a large selection of original songs using styles drawn from pop, folk, country, Indian, klezmer, thrash jazz, rock etc. – whilst manipulating a kinetic market Barrow covered with various fruit, vegetables and beasts. They also conduct interactive creative workshops.
The BarrowBand is about celebrating nature and its products in a funny and entertaining way through music, art and performance. As well as bringing the magic of fruit, vegetables, animals and minerals to the world, we will also influence people’s health in a positive way.
“At last a band that plays childrens music that adults love as well.” –Parent
The BarrowBand came about after Malcolm saw a famous cook trying to get children to identify various fruit and veg without much success (leeks were kiwis apparently). He immediately started writing songs about them and not long after, in partnership with an Edinburgh media company Rocket Learning, created the BarrowBand – an educational multimedia project for teachers and health professionals about healthy eating and especially fruit and veg.
In 2010, Colin and Malcolm did the first BarrowBand live gig in Durham. It quickly became apparent that the future of the BarrowBand was live and in early 2011 the band was formed.
Since then we have performed throughout the land at many diverse venues such as: as Kew Gardens, Cambridge University, Harrogate and Edinburgh Botanics, the JustSo Festival, Kelburn, Eden and Belladrum Festivals, the Wakefield Rhubarb Festival, Dunoon Harbour (in sub-zero temperatures), the annual conference of botanical experts in Dundee (an entire audience of adults going wild for the Onion song) and many others.
They have also toured rural schools and communities around Scotland playing in community gardens, and at food and health events.
In 2016 the band will embark on a critical part of its journey to bring the magic of fruit, vegetables, animals and minerals to the world. Two new albums, many performances, fruit and veg dance films and much more!
Malcolm Le Maistre is the lead singer and songwriter and used to be in The Incredible String Band (you can ask your grandparents who they were). He interacts a great deal with the audience, handing out fruit and vegetable prizes for questions answered correctly, and leads the mushroom dancing.
Colin Scott-Moncrieff – Ukulele, Percussions, Vocals
Colin is a graduate of RSAMD, plays ukulele, percussion, sings, juggles and as The Barrowman encourages various fruit and vegetables to join in with the songs. He is also a part time clown doctor.
Caroline Hussey – Accordion, Vocals
Caroline plays accordion and violin, and sings harmonies. She has a degree in fine art and when not playing music, works as an art technician.
Flora deBechi – Sitar, Percussions, Fiddle, Banjo, Vocals, Cello
Flora plays guitar, banjo, fiddle, cello, sitar, flute, harmonium, washboard and spoons. She has a degree in fine art photography, and likes to make films.
Gracie Brill – Double Bass, Vocals
A native of Dunbar, Gracie comes from a musical family. She plays double bass, cello and sings in a choir.
Kevin Morrison – Guitar, Mandola, Keyboards, Vocals
Kevin plays mandolin, guitar, keyboards and is digital technology talent. When in the mood he performs a ‘whirling dervish’ dance.