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Tattie Toes

A Basque singer, a Welsh violinist, a bass player from Bolton and a drummer who is also a puppeteer - it could only be Tattie Toes. Meet one of Glasgow's most interesting bands...

"An unclassifiable mix of Basque traditions, angular avant-punk, driving fiddles, and world rhythms, Tattie Toes are arguably the most exciting band in Glasgow. Nerea Bello is the focal point, her arresting vocals and theatrical performance style transfixing the crowd" [Stewart Smith, Fly Magazine]

Tattie Toes is a group: Nerea has a singular power and expressiveness to her voice, yet there is delicacy and great subtlety to her singing; Shane’s virtuosic drumming has been described as ritualistic, but containing jazz and folk elements too; Rafe is also folk influenced, but with a heavy underlay of drone, scratch, pastoral and scuzz; Howie’s bass playing has been described as ‘avant spaz’ and Mike Watt-esque.

So how did Tattie Toes come together?

Howie: "Shane and I had been playing together for a while, and I wanted to work with Nerea as soon as I heard her sing. We got together and just improvised for months and months, until Rafe joined us and we decided it was time to try and put some songs together. We all came from different persuasions – Nerea was in a band called Zuba, who you’d perhaps term world music, while I was in Maxton Granger, which used two basses and could loosely be called indie – so that was healthy in terms of broadening the band’s sound. You know how everyone’s into the same five or six bands when you put your first group together? Well that wasn’t us"


Turnip Famine
(Pickled Egg Records, Egg78CD)

Debut album, released September 5th 2011.

"Tattie Toes have never subscribed to conventional notions of what a band should be. As a result, they’ve become one of the UK’s most inspiring underground acts, their songs combining Iberian, Balkan and Scottish folk with post-punk and free improvisation. This debut has been worth the wait, capturing the band’s live energy while highlighting their subtlety and invention. Nerea Bello’s vocals are a marvel, beautiful and freakish. Rafe Fitzpatrick’s violin reels through folk forms and free-jazz, while the rhythm section of Howie Reeve and Shane Connolly filter febrile Minutemen grooves through dub and improv strategies. A ravishing leap into the unknown" [Stewart Smith, The List]

"There's nothing forced about this collision of styles - rather, it sounds like a respectfully edgy update of the centuries old traditional music of an as yet undiscovered Mediterranean island. By turns boisterous, sensuous, explosive and delicate, this is a unique and joyful experience from start to finish" [Matt Evans, Rock-a-rolla]

'Lord Phunkar' (MP3)
'They're Waiting' (MP3)
'Minneto' (MP3)

Listen to Turnip Famine on Last.fm

UK: £10.00

EU: €15.00

US: $18.00


The List
Norman Records
Pennyblack Music


Tattie Toes myspace
Tattie Toes interview on Defnet Media