Frog & Henry are a string and brass band playing really old dance-music from New Orleans.
Formed in New Orleans as a collective of several street performing groups, Frog & Henry perform and record old dance and jazz music from the early 1900's on brass and string instruments, with several singers and vocal harmony. Most of our repertoire was obtained by digging up forgotten songs from the dawn of recorded music, in the form of early dance tunes, and from even earlier 19thc sheet music.
We've borrowed the phrase 'string and brass band' from the descriptions of the earliest dance and jazz bands. And in that tradition we feature violin and mandolin-banjo as melody instruments along with clarinet and baritone saxophone. We've also designed a foot-operated tuba that allows one person to play tuba and six-string banjo simultaneously.
2018's concert series in Western Europe represents the result of active playing, traveling, and research over the past ten years - of living, partying, and performing in New Orleans - and finally arriving at an ensemble sound that comes as close as we've ever been able to achieve to that of the earliest New Orleans jazz and dance bands.
Frog & Henry will also play a late set from 00:30 (£5 on the door, £4 for those staying on)