HONEYfeet at the RNCM, Manchester

For a good few years, Honeyfeet has been a conduit for the ideas and expressions of an exotic mixture of Manchester-based musicians. Jazz? Yes, some of that! Folk? Stick that in there! Hip-hop? I thought you’d never ask!

Someone once called it Folk-Hop and Barrelhouse-pop, and that’s just vague enough to make sense. Honeyfeet have spent the past 10 years tearing around festival stages and theatres, clubs and fields melting down blues and pop, jazz and disco, pushing air molecules around with instruments and making friends in the process. It’s all very lovely. It helps that they are fronted by Ríoghnach Connolly “a remarkable singer and flautist who…can ease from Irish traditional influences to soul” (The Guardian).

“Brilliant Band” – Craig Charles, BBC 6 Music

“Reminds me of the first time I heard Amy Winehouse with the Dap Kings” – Chris Hawkins, BBC 6 Music

“Great” – Jools Holland

“A righteous blast of working class energy” – ClashMusic.com

“I’m in love with Honeyfeet” – Benjamin Zephaniah