Bending the Strings are three musicians from the Midlands, who play their own brand of Bluegrass Music....Its trad Bluegrass...but with an interesting twist...They use a piano both as a rhythm and solo instrument.
Now anyone who is remotely aquainted with Bluegrass will know that a piano is not veiwed as a trad Bluegrass instrument even though it has been used in many Bill Monroe recordings in the early days of his band, but when Moyra played bluegrass on piano it just felt right, it felt as if it was right at home in Bluegrass music.
The band came about by a chance meeting as three session musicians in the recording studio on a Foster & Allen album session, on which the bands piano player, Moyra Fraser was producer.
Banjo player, Martin Cooney and Guitarist Vinny Baker were on the session and during a short lull in the recording Martin started playing an old Bluegrass tune, Flop-Eared Mule, and Vinny joined in, neither knowing that both were passionate Bluegrass players. Only a few bars into the tune, producer and piano player Moyra rushed out from the studio control room and sat behind the big old Grand Piano in the studio and joined in with the two lads.....The effect was instant and the three gelled immediately ! Everyone in the studio stopped what they were doing to hear the trio churn out this unique mix of music and one of the Studio engineers happened to remark, " You three have something unusual there guys, you should form a band "
That was it until a couple of months later the three met again in Vinny Bakers studio at the recording of a mixed album of songs featuring Martin Cooney on Banjo and Guitar and Moyra provided the piano backing.
After that meeting the three decided that they should indeed form a band as there certainly was a chemistry....and on that day Bending the Strings was born, their name was taken from a Bluegrass 5 string Banjo tune of the same name, which of course the band feature in their live set.