About

Bearwood

“Bearwood are an excellent trio with a great stage presence specialising in traditional folk but with the occasional surprise in their repertoire, which makes them perfect for folk clubs and festivals”
– Graham Steel, Graham Steel Music Company

“Always popular visitors to Readifolk, this delightful trio perform an interesting mix of traditional and self-penned songs”
– Una, Readifolk (Reading’s Folk Song & Music Club)

“When they performed at our Christmas party in 2016 they bowled us over with some beautiful harmony singing”
Poppy’s Folk and Acoustic Music Evenings

“Beguiling”
The Big Untidy Night Out (Rising Sun Arts Centre, Reading)

“…a superb finishing set”
– Colin Turner, The Song Loft, Stony Stratford

“Thanks to all three of you for coming to entertain us on Tuesday. Quite obviously everybody enjoyed the evening and we’ll look forward to booking you again in the future. The variety of songs and instrumentation was spot-on … We loved it!”
– Steve Primarolo, Bracknell Folk Club

“I loved your sound (particularly the harmonies)”
– Tony Lyons (Pressgang / The Lightyears / Rushkeeper)

“Bearwood are one of those ideal folk acts that possess the knack of mixing original and traditional based material seamlessly, and perform it all with a passion that is a pleasure to watch”
– Phil Daniels, Artree Music

“Great songs, harmonies and playing”
Vic Cracknell (singer songwriter and champion of live music performance)

“This harmonious threesome appeared for us at the last regatta and produced a lovely, chilled set. With distinctive treatment of traditional folk songs and more recent material, their well crafted music has always proved an audience favourite”
– Chris Hawes, Goring Unplugged

“Bearwood … produced a charming acoustic set with great harmonies”
– Dick Greener, StrawbsWeb

“It was a pleasure to host your performance. Most enjoyable. Will be in touch again!”
– Ron McAllister, Chief Executive, South Hill Park Arts Centre

“I particularly enjoyed your tasteful cover of Airport Song
Julian Lewry (music impresario)

WHO ARE BEARWOOD?
Bearwood formed in the Spring of 2012 and consist of –

Mandy Shora – vocals, flute
Steve Jackson – guitar,vocals
Colin Bailey – bouzouki, vocals

Bearwood perform a mixture of self-penned, traditional and contemporary songs, and love playing at festivals and in the intimate settings of folk and acoustic music clubs in the Home Counties.  They name amongst their influences Bob Fox, Vin Garbutt, Cara Dillon, Eddi Reader, James Taylor, Al Stewart, The McCalmans, North Sea Gas, Chad and Jeremy, The Turtles, The Seekers, Peter, Paul and Mary – and Steely Dan! Please look through the web site, and do check their Twitter and Facebook pages via the icons on the right. For more information please email Bearwood via the Contact page.

HISTORY
The provenance of this group dates back to the early 70s when Colin and Steve, as two-thirds of the trio, Cope Preferred Outline (CPO), played comedy-folk to unwitting audiences in the West London area. They then embarked upon electric music in a variety of pub-rock and function bands. Reforming CPO in 2009 but subsequently losing their third member, CJ, to the world of musical theatre and modern jazz, the lads regrouped as a duo. Mandy joined them in the Spring of 2012 and Bearwood were born.

OTHER VENTURES
When not performing in Bearwood Colin may be found scribbling about folk music for RnR (Rock ‘n’ Reel) magazine or his own blog The Bailey Beat, Steve slapping the electric bass for a jazz/world music ensemble and Mandy singing a cappella in the community Sing With Mandy .

 

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