Burton Bradstock is the alto ego of musicians and composers Jimmy Cannon and Dorian Ford
Burton Bradstock re-imagines, re-vitalises and seeks to generate a widespread renaissance in the traditional English song. Drawing on their extensive and rich experience in performing jazz, classical, folk, pop and world music, Burton Bradstock are bringing all these elements to brand new settings of English folk songs with subtlety and integrity.
“What all these sources share is a common pedigree – they are the songs that have survived over years of use and misuse, interpretation and manipulation – and the best survive. In the case of the English songs these are mainly from the oral tradition and have always existed in multiple versions with multiple meanings. Those that are still with us have emerged from the various collecting and revivals. As with much folk music many of the best tunes have been used by classical composers too. Some come from 17th Century poems, others from rural and industrial environments and have been handed down over generations.”