Bex and Freda is the result of a collaboration between a songwriter/pianist (Bex) and a Kauai concert ukulele (Freda). They started out together at the beginning of 2014 playing Bex's original songs at open mic nights and solo gigs around Essex and Suffolk. In 2015 they were joined by Jim on percussion. They have since played at many venues and festivals around the east of England, including UkeEast (Norwich Arts Centre), Ipswich Beer Festival, FolkEast, Ipswich Waterfront Celebration, Dubs At The Hall, Alive & V-Dubbin, Colchester Arts Centre, The John Peel Centre, The Apex bar, PettaFiesta, EddyFest and various pubs and other small venues across the region.
Bex’s style has been described as 'wonky folk' and her songs are mostly inspired by personal experience, covering all sorts of topics including love, life, hate, spiders, cider, politics, parenthood, litter, the internet and idiots. In 2016 the duo released their debut EP, From Where I Stand, which has gained airplay on BBC Suffolk Introducing and other local stations.
Freda has since semi-retired and instead Georgie the Kala soprano and Berti the Kala baritone generally appear at gigs, and sometimes the piano (Red Fred the Korg) and a dulcimer named Dolly come out to play too. The latest addition to the family is a stunning Kala resonator tenor named Dotty.
As well as original songs, Bex and Freda perform covers, which are usually given the Bex treatment. The duo can also appear in various formats, with ukuleles or piano, with percussion or without, and playing originals or covers. Or all of the above!
Bex and Jim both previously played in another band, and have many years' performance experience.