The Bear Pit Theatre welcomes back Warwickshire-based folk rock favourites Meet On The Ledge for their annual two-night extravaganza.
Founder members Ron Holmes and Allen Maslen still remain from when MOTL began as a folk duo in 1992. Today they are a five-piece band, augmented by keyboard player Steve Bird, drummer Bo Davies and newest recruit Craig Sunderland on bass.
Keyboardist Steve has an impressive pedigree, having played keys for 1960s chart topper Eden Kane (“Well I Ask You”), 70s chart topper Don Fardon (“Indian Reservation”) as well as being in the backing band for the legendary Marty Wilde.
Drummer Bo was lead percussionist for Wasps Rugby Club at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, and was also a founder member of festival favourites Sambassadors of Groove.
Bassist Craig has a growing reputation as one of the finest multi-instrumentalists on the UK folk circuit. He is also the proud custodian and organizer of the legendary Wurzel Bush Folk Club in Rugby.
MOTL have been busy this year with their Dark Side of the Ledge tour, featuring exclusively the music of Pink Floyd. While these two Bear Pit concerts will predominantly feature MOTL’s own original material – along with some traditional folk classics – they will certainly be slipping a couple of Floyd numbers into the set.
Critics and reviewers have tried many times to pigeonhole MOTL’s music, with varying degrees of success. The band’s favourite description of their music is “Big Country in a bar brawl with Thin Lizzy” although they are perhaps best known for their gentler material, such as their original lifeboat epic “The Mary Stanford of Rye” which has become a folk classic in its own right.
All seats are £12.
More details on the band’s web site www.motl.co.uk
15 - 16 December 2023
The Bear Pit Theatre, Rother Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6LU