There and Back Again is probably the world’s only Folk Piano Trio. We take a classical form, a classical piano trio being violin, cello and piano, and ‘folkify’ it by replacing the violin with a whistle. Cunning.
There and Back Again was formed back in October 2009 when Owen and Mae independently decided that it would be fun to play with a cello and coincidently a cellist presented himself to us. We’ve been playing together ever since, building up a repertoire of traditional and contemporary folk tunes.
Our style is semi-improvisatory; we take a tune, give it a chord sequence and then improvise around it. The bits that we like get kept, but in general every performance is slightly different. Our tunes are chosen because we like them and think that they have some sort of intrinsic musical merit – particularly ones that give Mae an excuse to obtain yet another whistle.
When we are not besieged with gig requests, we can be found practicing in Churchill College music room, courtesy of Mr Ash. Unfortunately Owen didn’t manage to sneak the Steinway out.
In 2011, There and Back Again reached the final of the New Roots folk competition, resulting in us being booked for St Albans Festival and Towersey Folk Festival in that year. In 2012 we were booked for Broadstairs Folk Festival. We have also performed for May Balls all over Cambridge (imagine a black tie party in June which starts at 9pm and finishes at 6am), including performing on the acoustic stage at Kings Affair, playing in Kings College Chapel as the sun was rising.