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Circus Envy

Circus Envy - Secrets
Released: 26th September
Available via i-Tunes and all major download sites

Circus Envy are an alternative-folk band based in East Yorkshire. Featuring a line-up of primarily acoustic instruments, they add a traditional sensibility to their intricately crafted harmony-led modern songs with use of bouzouki, mandolin and cajon.


The band are made up of Leigh Hirst – vocals, James Paddison – bass, piano, vocals, Mike Richmond – bouzouki, guitar, mandolin, Andy Clark – guitar, flute and Mick Harding – drums, percussion, cajon and vocals.

High profile performances alongside artists such as Jim Moray, Megson, Belshazzer’s Feast, Iain Matthews and Jackie Leven have cemented the band’s reputation as a live act.

The band’s 2010 EP, “A New Dawn”, was released to critical acclaim, receiving significant regional and national airplay, including from BBCR2 Mike Harding which resulted in Circus Envy being featured on the front cover of R2 Magazine. The year ended with a Christmas performance at the Ropery Hall, Barton-upon-Humber which sold out before Halloween.

2011 sees the release of their new album Secrets ­– an album that is a fine blend of traditional and contemporary folk-rock injected with a modern liveliness and passionate sounds all arranged with beautiful harmonies thus making it an excellent collection and intriguing blend of atmospheric harmonious energy.

"Could this be the band to finally make mandolins and bouzoukis rock and roll? to watch"
Rock n Reel Magazine
"An album that is not only highly listenable, but one that has a real power and more importantly, one that you will want to keep on coming back to."
"A fine blend of contemporary folk-rock and more traditional sounds, with a style that should have wide appeal beyond the usual British folk confines. 4/5 stars"
Maverick Magazine
"The mix of primarily acoustic traditional and contemporary folk contained in ‘Secrets’ effortlessly blends heritage and innovation with experimentation, a progression so accomplished that ‘Secrets’ moves seamlessly between its styles and influences to present a perfect whole."

2011 will also see the band grace the stages of a number of UK festivals including Moonbeams, Beverley Folk and Roots and Limetree to name but a few.

Live dates with more to be confirmed:
03 September - Freedom Festival, Hull
15 September - The Wellington Inn, Hull
24 September - Farnsfield Acoustic, Farnsfield
02 October - Hull Trinity Festival
10 December - Ropery Hall, Barton upon Humber


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