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By West Briton  |  Posted: June 14, 2012

Dodgy with honorary Cornishman Mathew Priest in the middle.

Dodgy with honorary Cornishman Mathew Priest in the middle.

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BRITPOP stalwarts Dodgy are to play an acoustic set at the Eden Sessions as part of the day of folk headlined by Frank Turner on Sunday, July 1.

It will be a sort of homecoming for drummer Mathew Priest, whose parents live in Sennen and brother in Penzance.

"My parents moved down in the early 1990s, so Sennen was a bolthole for me to escape everything and write songs.

"As soon as I left home my parents went backpacking around the world, and strangely after seeing the beauty of India, Australia and America they chose not to go back to Birmingham ... so they chose the furthest west they could."

The band had a string of hits in the mid-1990s, including Staying Out For The Summer and the Top 5 Good Enough.

"That song's seen as a Nineties classic now. It's always being played somewhere. Could I live off the royalties? If I didn't have a missus, child, house and car and just lived in a hole, yes," said Mathew. Dodgy have sold more than a million records worldwide, had a platinum-selling album with 1996's Free Peace Sweet and were awarded an unprecedented 90-minute Saturday evening slot on the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury Festival in 1997 just before Radiohead.

"It's only now, with a bit of distance, I can look back and see how great those Britpop years were. At the time it was crazy, but you had all these amazing guitar bands, writing quality songs and getting in the charts."

Their new, critically-acclaimed album Stand Upright In A Cool Place comes a decade after their last studio album.

In that time they have successfully managed to reinvent themselves to create an album that is relevant and contemporary.

With contributions from Matt Pence, who has mixed for the likes of Midlake and John Grant, Dodgy's new sound focuses on mellow rhythms and beautiful, precise harmonies.

Mathew added: "There was no point in making a new album if it wasn't our best. Thankfully, it's getting the best reviews of our career. A souped-up Mini with turbo boosters is still a Mini. It's still the three of us, but Nigel (Clark) has written everything on an acoustic guitar this time and has been influenced by people like Townes Van Zandt and that picking style and narrative storytelling. This time round we've really concentrated on harmonies, which is something we really enjoy."

Dodgy, who play the Biotik stage in the Mediterranean Biome, join Stornoway, Bellowhead, Mull Historical Society, The Staves and Seth Lakeman at the Session, which will have a one-day festival feel.

Dodgy also play Boardmasters on August 11.

Among other artists playing the Biotik stage at Eden are one-woman wonder She Makes War (Tim Minchin Session, June 23) and The Travelling Band, Karima Francis, electro project Silverclub, rapper Gideon Conn and urban poet and blues musician Stefan Melbourne (Noah And The Whale / The Vaccines, July 11).

Tickets to the Sessions cost £35 plus booking fee. To book, ring 01726 811972 or visit www.edensessions.com

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