Portico Quartet

Formed 2005.
Portico Quartet


Portico Quartet are a band from London. Their sound is made partially distinctive by the use of the Hang, a 21st-century percussion instrument. The group is composed of Jack Wyllie (soprano and tenor saxophone), Duncan Bellamy (drums), Milo Fitzpatrick (double bass), and Keir Vine (Hang and percussion). Vine replaced Nick Mulvey, who left in early 2011 to pursue his career as a singer-songwriter. Vine then left the group on 1 August 2014.

After nearly two years of playing mainly small gigs and busking regularly outside the National Theatre in London, they signed to Babel Label in 2007. Their first album, Knee-deep in the North Sea, was released on 5 November 2007.

They are now signed to Real World Records. The name portico comes from when one of their gigs was rained off in Italy, and they ended up playing under a portico.

Their third, most recent, eponymously titled album was released on January 30, 2012.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Portico Quartet

    Portico Quartet 2012

    Reviewed by Chris Parkin
    An endlessly absorbing third LP from the inspired jazz outfit.
  2. Review of Isla

    Isla 2009

    Reviewed by Chris Parkin
    A second Mercury nomination shouldn’t be out of the question.
  3. Review of Knee-Deep In The North Sea

    Knee-Deep In The North Sea 2007

    Reviewed by Martin Longley
    Definitely not for jazzers who dig swallowing heavy roughage.
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