Evening Star play European traditional music influenced by 21st century sound.

Blowzabella’s Paul James - bagpipes, saxophones, flutes, leads a world class line-up of Patrick Bouffard (France) - hurdy-gurdy; Carlos Beceiro (Spain) – bouzouki, bass guitar; Luke Daniels (UK/Ireland) – diatonic button accordion; Victor Nicholls (UK/Armenia) – bass and electric guitars, electronics, and Gigi Biolcati (Italy) – drums and percussion.

Patrick Bouffard is one of France’s best known and most influential players of the hurdy-gurdy. Carlos Beceiro tours all over the world with Spain’s leading folk group La Musgana. Virtuoso accordionist Luke Daniels won the BBC Young Folk Musician of the Year Award and went on to tour with Irish music legends De Dannan, in Riverdance and with his own groups. Victor Nicholls has played with many jazz and folk legends and does things with a bass guitar and electronics that defy easy description. Gigi Biolcati can make a tambourine sound like a whole drum kit and plays with many leading Italian jazz and folk musicians including Riccardo Tesi.

Apart from playing in Blowzabella (he also produces Blowzabella’s albums and organises the band) Paul James formed Evening Star with musicians he met while playing in various European bands over the last 10 years. The idea is to play original material influenced by traditional music and traditional music influenced by contemporary sounds and styles. AnvilArts in Basingstoke made forming the group possible with a commission. The result is a bringing together of Mediterranean and northern European sounds with great tunes and fabulous rhythmic drive played by musicians completely on top of their game.