SPLICING dance tunes of old England with the sunny sexy grooves of reggae and lovers’ rock, Edward II transcend superficial notions of “crossover” to forge truly original dance music from their far-flung musical roots.
From there the band roam freely and fruitfully bringing in dashes of soul, rap, and Celtic dancing styles, all laced with Glenn Latouche’s seductively honeyed lead vocals.
By finding the shared dancing pulse in the diverse beats they bring together, EII deliver a genuinely innovative fusion. Their set moves expansively from reworked folk standards like “Wild Mountain Thyme” or “La Russe” to Caribbean classics like Gregory Isaacs “Night Nurse”.
They have long been renowned as one of the freshest, funkiest acts on the circuit, and have sent crowds from Shetland to Sri Lanka, Brazil to Bangladesh into a jigging, skanking frenzy with their superlative live shows.
This Thursday, November 12 they appear at the Hare & Hounds High Street, Kings Heath, Birmingham. Tickets cost £10 in advance from http://www.seetickets.com and the fun starts at 7.30pm.