Effra's official bio
Effra are Alex Bishop (guitar), Tom Newell (fiddle, mandolin) and Aidan Shepherd (accordian). Heralding from Bath, Shrewsbury and Canterbury respectively, they met in London in 2011. Although coming from predominantly rock, classical and jazz backgrounds, a strong connection was quickly formed, and they began meeting regularly to write and develop music that shared a common ground. Early performances were well received, and the band soon grew an identity of its own, fuelled by innovative ideas brought to the table by all three members. In 2012, only a year since their first meeting, the band won the Bath Folk Festival ʻNew Shoots Competitionʼ on the strength of their compositions and high-energy performance. In 2013 they embarked on a highly successful tour of the UK promoting their self-titled EP. Effraʼs hotly anticipated debut album ʻLose An Hourʼ was released in 2014. Having already been previewed on Late Junction (BBC Radio 3) and Sam Leeʼs Nest Collective Hour (Resonance FM), Effra presented their album as part of an extensive tour of their live show, as well as appearing at some of the biggest festivals, including Cambridge Folk Festival.