The Magpie Arc is a cross-border band out of Sheffield, Arran and Edinburgh featuring the award-winning talents and wide musical influences of Nancy Kerr, Findlay Napier, Tom Wright, Alex Hunter and UK folk legend, guitarist Martin Simpson.
Formed from the idea of bringing together a group of established folk musicians who would mix their songwriting styles and musicianship in a full-on electric band to create exciting new music and update the classic 60s and 70s British folk/rock sound, the possibilities of The Magpie Arc being something special and unique on today's folk scene became obvious very quickly.
Having three strong writers the focus has naturally been on new material, however they've also tackled some great covers plus their own re-workings of traditional songs. There's folk, rock, a bit of country and even some prog elements, but whatever the genre the band are their own musical mix of everything you could expect from such a line-up, with excellent songs, lush harmonies, scything electric guitars, gorgeous fiddle lines and rock solid brass and drums.
"Fold/rock with Led Zeppelin vibes." - Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2