Gilded Balloon Basement

Rootsbase: OBT

A new live music club - dedicated to presenting the very best in folk, trad and roots-based!

OBT - or, 'Oakes, Bews, Thorpe', is a Scottish power trio consisting of Tom Oakes (Ross Couper & Tom Oakes, Auvo Quartet) on Guitars and Wooden Flute; Jon Bews (Malinky, James Yorkston, Cantrip) on 5-string Fiddle; and Daniel Thorpe (Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2010, Malinky, Tyde) on Fiddle.  

Though traditional in essence, the music is full of contemporary arrangements and surprises - drawing on the music of Scotland but combining it with world music influences and new composition: bass-heavy riffs, chamber-like strings and award-winning traditional playing that make OBT a journey from Strathspey to Space and back.
OBT’s evolving and dynamic performances work as well in an intimate acoustic setting or on a packed festival dancefloor. Here, you can expect lush strings, driving rhythm and intricate melody playing on fiddle, 5-string fiddle, Nylon String ‘Alto’ Guitar and Wooden Flute from this new folk supergroup.