Tarantism have been entertaining audiences with their distinctive mix of styles for 27 years. They formed from the remains of the folk band Avanti and took their roots music straight to the dub sound systems and underground rave scene of the mid-90’s. With a handful of other bands, they helped define the Folk-Dub, Afro-Celt sound of that era. With the emphasis on playing everything live rather than using technology they carved out a reputation as a great live act playing festivals, large and small, all-over Britain and Europe. The music has always been characterised by good songs delivered strongly by Mel Rogers on lead vocals and a driving backline. In recent years Mel’s whistles have been augmented by the fantastic live presence of Rhiannon Crutchley (Brewers Daughter) on fiddle. They are one of the few remaining bands to have toured every festival season without a break since they began. Last year’s release “Live at the Horsedrawn” was a great document of all those years of hard work.
This year see’s the release of Tarantism’s new album “A Pill to Purge All Melancholy.” Six years in the making it displays that the band have gone up a gear in terms of writing, performance and production.
We can’t wait to welcome Tarantism to the Bo Airigh stage this May!