Biography

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The group Churchfitters was founded in 1978 by singer/songwriter Anthony McCartan from Belfast and multi-instrumentist Geoff Coombs from Essex.
Rosie Short joined soon after its formation having previously been playing in a London-based traditional Irish outfit. During the years that followed, the group frequently changed its line-up making a point of always including members from diverse musical backgrounds in order to maintain a fresh and original approach to folk music. They enjoyed great success on the East Anglian folk scene before slimming down to a duo (Anthony and Rosie) in order to tour extensively throughout Europe and even as far as Australia.

In 1993 the duo decided to move to Brittany and was joined by Rosie's brother Chris who had been in London playing in World, Irish and Bluegrass groups. From their base in Brittany they then toured as a trio throughout France and Europe until Anthony's departure in early 2004.

Boris Lebret joined in 2004 with his astonishing array of home made scrap-metal instruments unique in the world, along with Topher Loudon on vocals and guitar. Topher left the band in 2012 and they were joined on their UK tours for the next couple of years by friend and musician Nelson on vocals and percussion.

The group continues to explore new ways of playing, arranging and presenting their folk music today, both as a trio (Rosie, Chris and Boris) and as a quartet along with their latest member, drummer Margaux Scherer who joined in 2013. This excellent young French drummer and percussionist is a permanent fixture on all their French and Continental tours and also accompanies them in the UK for festival dates.

And the unique and unmistakable sound of the Churchfitters continues ...

 

Concerts

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The Churchfitters have performed over a thousand concerts in France since their arrival in Brittany.
They also tour in the UK, performing in Festivals, Arts Centres, Village Halls, Theatres and Folk Clubs, including ...

some Festivals...

Fairport's Cropredy Convention (2009 and 2014)
Costa Del Folk (Portugal)
Beverley Folk Festival
Purbeck Valley Folk Festival
Warwick Folk Festival
Chester Folk Festival
Cromer Folk on the Pier Festival

some venues...

Colchester Arts Centre (Essex)
The Komedia, Brighton (Sussex)
Theatre Severn (Shrewsbury)
Reeth Memorial Hall (N.Yorkshire)
The Mill (Banbury)
The Early Music Centre (York)
Maddermarket Theatre (Norwich)
The Square Chapel (Halifax)
The Lighthouse (Poole)

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