Fishclaw consists of Simon Keep – accordion, piano; Jos Dow – violin, viola, mandolin; Alex Leming – bass; Shari Stacher – whistle, flute; Roy Jones – bodhran, percussion; Cameron Morrell – drums; and Tom Hardy – guitar. There is a dark side to folk music that is hidden in back alleys and backwaters. It revels in not caring about what is fashionable and instead treads a path that follows unexplored senses. It embraces the powerful possibilities of rhythms and sounds to merge and build, inducing trance-like and hypnotic effects in those who hear it. Fishclaw exists in this murky world. It looks at the world with fresh eyes and helps others to do the same. Fishclaw are an instrumental group based in Colchester – expanded since 2013 into a seven piece, they rework traditional Irish, Scottish and Eastern European music to include influences such as alternative folk, ambient electronica, post rock and system music.