Episode #54 Ged Cartwright & Theo Le Derf (A Cunning Man)
Welcome to this weeks episode of Heavy Metal History. My guests this week are Ged Cartwright and Theo Le Derf, members of the band A Cunning Man. They are a Two man Scottish Metal project blending a variety of melodic styles.
A Cunning Man began life as a one-man metal project created by composer and vocalist Ged Cartwright. Guitarist Theo Le Derf joined the project in early 2017 and brought with him a unique style and contrasting influences. Whilst the song writing remains firmly rooted in Extreme and Melodic Metal, elements such as Modern Classical, Post-Rock and Jazz differentiate the sound from others within the genre.This is also true of the distinctively Scottish approach to the lyrics, instrumentation and storytelling.The duos ultimate ambition is to immerse the listener in the concept of A Cunning Man."To Heal a Broken Body" is A Cunning Mans second EP and was entirely self-funded, recorded and produced. The EP was released independently on 23/02/2018 via Bandcamp.
Classifying this band in terms of genre isn't easy, but there are metal influences involved. Ged and Theo came on to talk about their influences, Ged has a more straightforward metal connection, but Theo's was equally as interesting as he actually isn't really into the metal scene in a direct way. Theo's influences are more jazz centric as well as influences by classic guitar players like Hendrix. A Cunning Man is a newer band and I really wanted to talk to these guys about their music and for people to check them out and listen to something different and unique that's out there.
Closing Track from A Cunning Man "Picatrix & The Calcine Alchemist