Heralding from Bath, Shrewsbury and Canterbury
respectively, Alex Bishop (guitar), Tom Newell (fiddle, mandolin) and Aidan Shepherd (accordion) met in London in 2011.
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
after 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 2014 they released their debut album, ‘Lose An Hour’ and toured extensively through 2015 with performances at, BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’, Cambridge Folk Festival and EFEx/Homegrown festival.
The foundations of Galleons were layed during the summer of 2012. Based in London & Utrecht, the Netherlands, the band draws on a wide range of influences from folk, rock, jazz & classical genres to create a diverse and original sound.
2013 saw the band play a handful of shows in the Netherlands, whilst working on a handful of songs for their self-titled debut E.P. February 2014 saw the release of this recording, and was followed by a March U.K. tour and numerous shows throughout the Netherlands.
A new E.P., entitled ‘Stalemate’, was released on 18th January 2016. To celebrate this release, the band shall be touring the U.K.and mainland in May.