Meeting in the multicultural city of Birmingham, Filkin’s Drift weave together intricate melodies from the folklore of their homes, Wales and Gloucestershire. Their music combines the traditional and the contemporary, blending fiddle, guitar, harmonium and mandolin with their close vocal harmonies.
Ornate interplay between two fretted instruments conjures up a Baroque soundworld; meanwhile their foot-stomping fiddle and guitar tunes have been igniting audiences across the UK.
Chris Roberts’ training in classical guitar means he soars effortlessly through jigs and reels with an unrivalled purity in his steel string playing. Chris’s performances have been praised for their “beautifully varied timbres, real virtuosity” and for being “simply mesmerising” (The British and International Federation of Festivals).
Seth Bye has been long established on the folk scene, performing with The Destroyers, Joe Broughton’s Conservatoire Folk Ensemble and Gathering Tides. His “fantastic fiddle-driven energy” (BBC Radio Glos) and multi-instrumental abilities combine with a showmanship that could only be gained from touring with Giffords Circus.
“Exquisite tune playing mixes effortlessly with irresistible grooves and an engaging chemistry.”
DAN WALSH, BBC Folk Awards Musician Of The Year Nominee, Urban Folk Quartet
Chris Roberts is an innovative and exciting young guitarist whose performances have been praised for their ‘beautifully varied timbres, […] real virtuosity,’ and for being ‘simply mesmerising.’
His debut solo album ‘Adra’, released in 2019 on Tŷ Cerdd Records, was described by renowned guitarist-composer Ben Dwyer as ‘original, otherworldly and timeless’ featuring music from Wales, Ireland, West-Africa and Finland.
Seth Bye is a violinist, composer and educator. He has performed in venues from the Royal Albert Hall to the Cecil Sharpe House and at festivals including Greenman, Kendal Calling and Shambala.
He performs in a wide variety of genres, although specialises in folk and traditional music styles. Aside from the duo, Seth works with his innovative folk-fusion quartet Gathering Tides and long acclaimed Balkan band, The Destroyers.
When he is not on stage, Seth works as a freelance educator, aiming to inspire the next generation of young musicians. He teaches violin, creative music making, music technology, and leads workshops across the UK.