The Drystones

“my recommendation of the day” Steve Lamacq BBC Radio 2

Instrumental folk duo, Somerset

When Dean Collier, Chairman of the Priddy Folk Festival needed to fill a slot at short notice in July 2011, he asked his son Ford if he could step up to the plate. One quick phone call to fiddler friend Alex Garden and the Drystones were formed. The rest, as they say, is history.

Alex and Ford play as only life-long friends can, finding an empathy and synergy in their playing reserved usually for blood relations. They have racked up performances at beer festivals, weddings, pubs, and charity events, as well as an impressive list of music festivals – Bath International Music Festival, Sunrise, Halsway Hothouse, The Village Pump Fest, and Purbeck – all whilst still doing their A Levels! They can boast a guest performance on Radio 4’s Today programme during the Somerset floods of 2014, and have played on BBC Radio Somerset several times with Emma Britton. Last year they released their second album, cooling winning a Larmer Tree Breakthrough Music Award in the process.