THEY are high octane stuff with a funny name, even for a folk band, but the good news is, Sheelanagig has a date at The Cube in Malvern.

A spokesman said: “For over a decade have brought their array of foot-stomping folk tunes to audiences across the globe. A quintet with a well-stocked armoury of stringed instruments – guitar, fiddle, double bass - added with the rhythmic energy of flute and drums and a bagful of joint-jumping tunes, these boys from the South-West England create a real dynamic which is inherent in both their furious dance medleys as well as their interestingly arranged original pieces.

“Putting the groove into a selection of traditional and original European Folk music dating from the medieval times to present day, it’s difficult – nay, impossible – for your limbs to remain stationary when you’re within earshot of them in full flight. The fact that they often play with a knowing wink shouldn’t obscure their impeccable technique, and outstanding musicianship that raises the roof in every place they play.”

This year sees an exciting brand new line up including flautist Luke Phillips-Griffiths fresh from the Newcastle Folk Music circuit, and Alex Bishop – acclaimed folk guitarist and luthier, “who both bring an exciting new direction and energy to the groups much loved sound”.

The spokesman added: “Busying themselves this year they have already toured France, Switzerland and Australia as well as busy summer festival season. They now are ready to embark on a UK tour in November.

Sheelanagig are: Aaron Catlow – violin, Luke Phillips – flute, Alex Bishop – guitar, Jon Short – double bass, John Blakeley.

Sheelanagigs, however, are ancient carvings of naked women, in a certain exaggerated and suggestive pose. They are believed to ward off the evil eye and are sometimes found on churches, competing with the gargoyles.

The gig takes place on Sunday, November 18 at The Cube. For further details, call 01684 575363.