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FURIOUS FOLK: The Demon Barbers XL are bringing their high-energy, no holds barred approach to live entertainment to South Holland Centre, Spalding, on Friday at 8pm.
FURIOUS FOLK: The Demon Barbers XL are bringing their high-energy, no holds barred approach to live entertainment to South Holland Centre, Spalding, on Friday at 8pm.
  • The Demon Barbers bring their thrilling XL show to the Spalding stage, featuring new material from their latest album “Disco at the Tavern”

The Demon Barbers XL, South Holland Centre, Spalding, Friday at 8pm

National authority on folk, Mike Harding, described The Demon Barbers XL as “one of the best live bands I’ve ever seen - they are brilliant”.

But it was a brief clip of the high-energy, electric folk/dance group in action that convinced this reviewer that The Demon Barbers XL’s visit to Spalding tomorrow night was a must-not-miss event.

Formed by professional folk musician Damien Barber at the end of the 1990s, the group has brought together different styles of music, including hip hop, house, funk, ska and traditional English folk.

Damien said: “I’ve always seen folk music and dance as an incredibly modern and vibrant, living tradition, so I wanted to find a way to bring that vision to the widest possible audience.

“All our dancers have taken the opportunity to learn from each other and they have been amazed by the similarities and shared experiences they found in the two, seemingly very different, dance styles.”

I’ve always seen folk music and dance as an incredibly modern and vibrant, living tradition, so I wanted to find a way to bring that vision to the widest possible audience

Damien Barber, The Demon Barbers XL

Stick dance group Bourne Borderers and north west England clog dancers Crosskey Clog will be support acts before the show at 7pm.

But expect the main event, The Demon Barbers XL, to be “significant, important, innovative, influential and, most of all, utterly entertaining”.