The Raven originally appeared at the Goose supporting Spiers and Boden, and we liked them so much (and you did too!) we asked them back to headline at the Mag.
They then came to The Old Nun’s Head at very short notice when the booked band pulled out – which was lucky for us in more ways than one as we were delighted to see them back again sooner than we expected!
Confusingly, they are no longer called The Raven (shame, we liked the name) but are now Caz Forbes and Ste Moncrieff – well, they always were of course, but now they are known as that, who knows why. Well, they probably do 🙂
But I digress. The Raven are/were Stephen Moncrieff on guitar /vocals, and Carolyn Forbes on vocals/flute/guitar. They perform their own arrangements of traditional folk songs from Britain and Australia as well as covers of some of their favourite folk-style songs, and a few self-penned pieces.
Separately both Steve, from Liverpool, and Caz, from Australia, have been playing and performing for many years. Steve originally played saxophone, performing in bands and as a session musician in Liverpool. Since moving to London he moved to playing guitar, having been influenced by artists such as John Martyn and Nick Drake.
Caz comes from a family of musicians, and has been singing since she was very young. She was introduced to folk music in her teens and has enjoyed performing solo and in groups ever since. Ste and Caz met a number of years ago at a gig they were both involved in, but it was not until 2008 that they started working and performing together in London.
Since this time they have played in a number of London venues, including folk clubs and acoustic music nights.