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Greenhouse Gig: This is How we Fly

+ Bex Burch

This is How we Fly showing off their varied instruments, which includes a pair of brogues

Cult London folk club The Nest Collective bring their new unplugged and intimate concert series to our Conservatory with a headline performance from This is How we Fly.

This is How we Fly are a quartet that defy categorisation. They describe themselves as a contemporary folk group but you can hear influences from jazz, Irish traditional, Swedish folk and ambient electronica in their sound. Made up of a fiddle player, a clarinettist, a drummer and, most intriguingly, a percussive dancer, they mesh impeccable musicianship with a flair for showmanship. 

Opening the evening is Gyil (Ghanaian xylophone) player Bex Burch, who creates intricate and rhythmic music by taking the instruments deep buzzing sound into new territory.

Founded by Sam Lee, The Nest Collective bring emerging and established artists from the worlds of folk, world and traditional music to London. With their new series Greenhouse Gigs they are bringing the spirit of Campfire Club indoors, presenting shows in sheltered green spaces.

Tagged with: Contemporary music

This performance will begin promptly at the advertised start time and is expected to finish by 10pm – subject to change.

Produced by the Barbican in association with the Nest Collective


group of musicians playing music in dimly lit living room

Watch: This is How we Fly - Rí Rua

Rí Rua, performed live at Fumbally Stables in January 2017. 


 a huge crowd of young people listening to a dj play music somewhere in east london

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