Florida is a band with a unique sound – ‘Good time jazz meets English country’. The fusion of swing, jazz, traditional folk, folk rock, and much else besides, has become a distinctive trademark. Nobody plays English dance like Florida.
Florida’s sound is a unique brassy collision of traditional English country dance and good time jazz, underpinned by dance rhythms. The tunes are mainly English, but the band also draws on other European traditions and the compositions of fiddler/guitarist Gavin Atkin.
Phil Bassindale used to dance with a morris dancing team in London before getting in contact with the Bristol Morris Men when he moved to the city. Fresh faced, with plenty of enthusiasm – Philip promises to deliver a lively and energetic ceilidh whatever the weather. He can be found regularly calling on the folk circuit, dancing or in the pub.