Suntrap are three women and two men, who among them play many instruments and sing fantastic vocal harmonies. They have been described as “Fairport meets Fleetwood Mac”. That’s in a good way, obviously!
The members of Suntrap are Sara Byers (voice, accordion, guitar, whistles, bohdran), Robin Kelly (fretless bass, cello), Paul Hoad (voice, guitar, harmonica, kick drum), John Sandall (violin, viola) and Mary Wilson (voice, violin). The multi-instrumentalists among them also add whistles, bohdron and mouth organ depending on the song.
Together they perform a mesmerizing array of music including their own material and the best of the traditional and contemporary folk repertoire. Songwriters Sara and Paul create original, innovative works drawing on English song tradition and American Folk & Country.
Sara Byers and Mary Wilson first met in 1996, in the tiny basement folk club at Cecil Sharpe House, and soon started to sing traditional a capella folk songs together. The following year they made their first ‘demo’ at Dave Pegg’s Woodworm Studios and Sara asked an old band mate, Paul Hoad, if he would come and play some guitar. He enjoyed playing with them so much that he refused to leave. Since he had a very useful estate car, they let him stay.
And so Suntrap was born.
They have played all over the UK and Europe at major folk festivals, folk clubs and arts centres. The band have been privileged to open Cambridge Folk Festival, Skagen Folk Festival and Warwick Folk Festival. Radio features have included the Mike Harding Show and a live performance on Radio 4’s Loose Ends.
“Beautiful slip-sliding harmonies” – Froots
“Rich harmonies, dazzling folk fusion” – Time Out
“Deeply moved at your gig…I felt cleansed” – Ivor Cutler (we’re not sure if that’s a joke …..)