The Magpie Arc
The Magpie Arc is a cross-Border band out of Sheffield and Scotland featuring the multi-award-winning talents and wide musical influences of Nancy Kerr, Findlay Napier, Tom Wright, Alex Hunter and Martin Simpson (on electric guitar!).
Formed from the idea of bringing together a group of established folk musicians who would mix their song-writing styles and musicianship in a full-on electric band to create exciting new music and update the classic 60’s and 70’s British folk/rock sound, the possibilities of The Magpie Arc being something special and unique on today’s folk scene became obvious very quickly.
Having three strong writers the focus has naturally been on new material, however they’ve also tackled some great covers plus their own re-workings of traditional songs. There’s folk and rock, some country and even blues, but whatever the genre the band are already proving to be a musical mix of everything you could expect from such a line-up, with excellent songs, lush harmonies, scything electric guitars, gorgeous ﬁddle lines and rock solid bass and drums.
With twelve songs recorded just before “you know what” hit, the band released a trio of four track EP’s on their own label in late 2020/early 2021 and since then have been recording songs for their ﬁrst full length album which will be released on the 14th of October 2022.
The buzz about seeing the band live and the anticipation among those in the know all became clear as they hit festival stages during the summer and at various venues around the UK to superb reviews, and tonight will be their full “Evening with….” show which includes first half solo sections from Martin Simpson, Nancy Kerr and Findlay Napier.
“As a vehicle for individual excellence, they were superb, but as a collective they truly excelled. Kerr’s interplay in particular was outstanding. What a privilege to witness such talent entertain. We were blessed.” – Festivals For All
“…the possibilities Magpie Arc offer are very enticing indeed. You owe it to yourself to catch this band as soon as you can. Capability, flair and originality rarely come so well wrapped.” – Spiral Earth
“Everyone in the band brings their own talents but the synergy makes them much more than the sum of their parts. It takes “folk-rock” to a new and exciting level.” – Fatea Magazine