Since 1999, Rapsquillion, the award-winning but grizzled veteran of the Shropshire and mid-Wales folk music scene, has, in its various incarnations, been producing its own brand of close harmony music, mostly a capella and usually based on traditional words and music.
We used to describe ourselves as a ‘folk group’. The eclectic mix of our music now travels from 15th Century frottola to 21st Century ‘protest’ and on the way calls in on parody, traditional music from around the world, 1940’s jazz and the chapel hymn book, so we’re not sure what we are any more, other than a group of friends who enjoy spending time and making music together.
We do have a hard-won reputation for building gradually to a climax throughout a performance; our invigorating harmonies and rhythms are at their impressive best towards the ‘witching’ hour, when, bellies bloated and all cares and sheets to the wind we tear off our inhibitions and display our crinkled credentials to the world.
A Rapsquillion workshop is a wonder to behold. Alchemy is the only real explanation for the manner in which a range of music, hand-signals and enthusiasm are mixed in the correct proportions to make, very quickly, a beautiful sound, often tested through performance during concerts or, occasionally, flash mobs of participants descending on groups of unsuspecting citizens.
We hope that you enjoy the Rapsquillion experience as much as we do!