Traditional Balfolk dance tunes with a touch of modernity. Portmanteau's blend of acoustic instruments and subtle synthesizers creates a captivating musical experience that honors tradition while embracing the future.
Portmanteau is a breath of fresh air on the balfolk scene. With their unique blend of old and new, they're sure to get you up and dancing.
The genuine connection between the band members shines through in their music, with deep rich harmonies and driving rhythms.
From a background in orchestral and folk music, Robin has long enjoyed combining folk-inspired repertoire with synthesised orchestration, adding loopers, grooveboxes and effects pedals to whistles, saxophones and wind synths. He currently plays in a number of local folk and covers bands, and continues to explore new genres.
Having grown up with classical music, multi-instrumentalist Caro discovered folk music and dance while at university. She's found her musical home playing for various kinds of folk dancing, and particularly enjoys challenging dancers to interact with and respond to her exciting and rhythmic playing.
Ever since he discovered balfolk as a young melodeon player, James has wanted to learn all the tunes. Since he began to play for dancers, he's been in great demand as a soloist and member of various groups. He loves taking tunes out of their natural habitat, and finding creative ways to make them fun to dance to.
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Fri, 24 May 2024 - Sun, 26 May 2024
Chippenham Folk Festival
All-acoustic bal and various workshops
Sat, 19 Oct 2024
Electric Folk Dance Party
- 20 Jan 2024 Cam-French Half acoustic, half synthesised bal
- 21 Jan 2024 Les Batons All-acoustic bal
- 07 Feb 2024 Pied à Terre All-acoustic bal
- 16 Feb 2024 IVFDF 2024 Half acoustic, half synthesised bal
We hope to see you on the dance floor soon!
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