The Canny Band are a rare, award-winning fusion of piano, bodhran and diatonic button accordion.
Sam Mabbett, Michael Biggins (BBC Young Traditional Musician of the year 2021) and Callum Convoy released their debut album ‘The Canny Band’ in early 2021 to critical acclaim and the same year went on to with MG ALBA’s ‘Up and Coming Artist of the Year’ at the Scots Trad Music Awards.
Prior to the pandemic the band have already had several awards under their belts including Birmingham Tradfest’s Molloy Award, a Celtic Connections Danny Kyle Award and Hands up for Trads Battle of the Folk Bands. Fellow stalwarts of Glasgow’s fertile session scene, the already-seasoned trio cook up an expert, effervescent mix of trad-based material with borrowings from classical, jazz and beyond, focussing more recently on self-penned material.
The Canny Band are Sam Mabbett, Michael Biggins (BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2021) and Callum Convoy, A rare fusion of piano, diatonic button accordion and bodhran.
Songlines **** – “Exciting and invigorating”
RnR **** “Simply stunning”
“Once in a while you hear something that just stops you in your tracks. The Canny Band had that effect on me. Just Sensational.” (Bruce MacGregor, BBC Radio Scotland Travelling Folk)
“Great players with standout arrangements.” (Kathryn Tickell, BBC Radio 3 Music Planet)