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Limelight: The Frisbys

It’s all in the family for these twin-led folkies…

When you’re musicians with a family name like Frisby, a sense of humour is necessary; it’s too easy for idiots to make lazy jokes about ‘throwaway music’. But twin sisters, Nic and Helen Frisby, together with Marc Robinson and Sam Keer, have proven they’re a band of substance. Their debut EP Philosolove brings together the gorgeous folksy sensitivity of Fotheringay, the quirkiness of Fiona Apple and the storytelling of the 70s singer-songwriters. Clearly, The Frisbys are nobody’s fools.

Nursing a mug of tea, Nic begins: “Me and Hel have always been writing songs together.” As teenagers they performed as a two-piece, weaving vocal harmonies with flute work, which, as their recent stripped-back appearance at Airballoon Day proves, is a style that they still use. But having become a four-piece three years ago, The Frisbys have developed a more richly detailed sound. As Helen puts it, “When we get with the boys, because they’re very good guitar players, and Sam plays bass, we could add more instruments and develop the ideas a bit more. Because they both sing as well we can take the harmonies into four parts.” There is much laughter as Marc explains, “We’re a bit of a sound engineer's nightmare, as we're always swapping instruments on stage and no two songs we play are the same line-up." 

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