Edward II are an English roots band that made their name in the 1980s. They're known for their unique blend of Caribbean reggae rhythms and traditional songs from the British Isles. Back in business, they're heading for the Costa del Folk Music Festival Ibiza in 2021!
Known as Edward the Second and the Red Hot Polkas, the original 8-piece band split up in 1999. A year later, they reformed with a return to their unique mix of English folk, world music and reggae. Since then they have gone through a number of changes in their line-up and further periods when they were inactive.
However, the band came together again in 2015. Reinvigorated by the discovery of the Manchester Broadsides (the history and stories of Manchester throughout the Industrial Revolution). Still upbeat, and with rock-steady rhythms, blazing horns, fabulous harmonies and fiery melodeon melodies, elements of the Manchester Broadsides have now been incorporated into a new set.
The songs have been completely reworked into modern roots reggae classics. Featuring Glen Latouche’s seductively honeyed lead vocals at the fore and a rock solid rhythm section led by T Carthy providing the irresistible force at the rear. Of course, the band still roam free across the musical spectrum, bringing in dashes of jazz and soul alongside the reggae and folk. But this is always with an air of good humour and, more than anything, a desire to make you dance.
Whatever has changed, Edward II remain a great live act that’s certain to bring the Costa del Folk crowd to their feet.
Book your tickets now to see Edward II at Costa del Folk Music Festival in Ibiza in 2021!