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Progressive rock meets folk as Moulettes soar in London

Published on Dec 3, 2013 8:36 AM

LONDON (REUTERS) - One of the more startling moments at the London concert by British folk band Moulettes this weekend was when founding member Ruth Skipper turned her bassoon into an instrument of industrial rock.

As bass and drums hammered out a heavy beat and an electric fiddle and wired cello soared to feverish heights, Skipper turned from the audience, bent near double and roared out a riff that would have done a Moog synthesiser proud.

"It's not the most practical instrument to play. But it works," said Skipper, who also sings and plays autoharp. She added that that her venerable classical woodwind was played through an electronic filter.

Welcome to the world of prog folk, an unusual marriage of traditional British folk music with the prog - or progressive - rock that dominated alternative music in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

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