Since humble beginnings in a freezing farmhouse on the outskirts of Rochdale in the winter of 2006, outspoken alternative-folk quartet 4Square has accomplished an incredible amount in a relatively short space of time. Not only has 4Square’s music matured into the most unique and exciting sound you shall hear from the British folk music scene today; they have also shared stages with the likes of Steve Winwood, Fairport Convention, Richard Thompson and Seth Lakeman.
“4Square…who are they?” very much sums up the words on the lips of festival-goers before Fairport’s 2009 Cropredy Convention took place. Despite this, after an astounding 80 minute set and encore before an audience of 20,000 people, 4Square then went on to sell every last one of their debut album, 20.20 Manchester, becoming The Cropredy Convention’s 2nd biggest selling band of all time!
4Square played at a total of 11 festivals during the summer of 2009, and in past years have appeared at festivals such as Shrewsbury Folk Festival, Towersey Village Festival, Warwick Folk Festival, Bromyard Folk Festival, and Spratton Folk Festival.
2010 bookings for the band already seem to be flying in, and promise to include dates in Prague, South Germany and Corfu as well as the regular festival fixtures. Their 2nd album “chronicLes” is also well underway, and is targeted for release in summer 2010.
‘Annoyingly brilliant. 4Square, a teenage folk phenomenon.’ – PJ Wright
“Simply stunning.” – John Tams
“Outstanding musicianship, total assurance, abundant energy and exceeding confidence…Dripping with very obvious talent.” David Kidman, netrhythms.co.uk
“…dynamic, energetic and exceptionally talented.” – Ali o’Brien, Saddleworth Folk Festival
“…incredible musicianship….” – Sam Pirt
“Young but masterly, a name to look out for in the future.” – The Talk Magazine
“…Really glad to see 4Square in particular; playing a storming set to a receptive crowd and completely selling out all their CDs. It’s good to see a bunch of youngsters occupying the stage too.” -from the Properganda Blog after Cropredy ’09