Mishra are a global folk collective with strong roots in U.K folk, out of which they weave a tight web of intricate, Indian-influenced original music that defies definition and has already brought awards recognition since their formation in 2017.
Kate Griffin (The Magpies) and Ford Collier (BBC R2 Folk Award nominated The Drystones) are the song writing partnership behind Mishra, drawing on their unique base of influences that encompasses folk music of the UK and America, Indian classical music, and soul to create a surprisingly accessible sound that audiences instantly connect to. Between the two of them, Kate and Ford create a rich texture from their array of instruments: Irish low whistle, banjo, Indian tabla, dobro, African calabash, and guitar, all of which provide a vibrant backdrop to Kate’s striking vocals.
Their set is entirely original and traditional, apart from a popular cover of Gillian Welch’s Scarlet Town, receiving airplay on the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show by Mark Radcliffe. While Mishra are a duo at their core, they frequently expand the line-up, adding renowned tabla player John Ball (Rafiki Jazz, Indus), jazz-folk double bassist Joss Mann-Hazell, and musicians from the Sheffield folk, world, and jazz scenes. Constant collaborations with different members of their collective inspires Mishra to make each performance unique. Depending on each concert, they perform as a duo, trio, or quartet.
“Fascinating stuff… I’m really enjoying Mishra’s blend” - Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2
“An airborne amalgam of cross-continental pollinations … More servings please” – Tim Cummings, Songlines Magazine
“Brilliantly executed Americana and folk mixed with Indian music… Lovely sound, beautifully sung… Gosh that’s tasty! “ – Mike Brocken, BBC Radio Merseyside
“It is a powerful and heady cocktail, yet at times almost mystical as well, bringing together the flavours and ingredients of four different continents, and producing a sumptuous feast for the ears… The Loft Tapes has undeniably forced its way into my top ten albums of 2019.” – David Auckland, Folk Radio
“Kate’s a very talented banjo player – the instrument virtually an extension of her!” – David O Hara, Cambridge Folk Festival