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WEDNESDAY 14th FEBRUARY
BEN WALKER & KIRSTY MERRYN

BBC Folk Award winner Ben Walker, recently hailed as one of ‘the best acoustic guitarists in the world right now’ by Total Guitar magazine, has joined forces with highly acclaimed singer and pianist Kirsty Merryn. Focusing on songs from rural England, Ben and Kirsty are breathing new life into songs found in archives, bringing eclectic influences from across the musical spectrum from classical to jazz, whilst maintaining deep roots in traditional music. Both are consummate performers and combined they create a  timeless sound, with Ben’s guitars and mandolin providing a perfect frame for Kirsty’s piano, harp and silver voice.

‘Just floors me every time I hear it…his guitar playing is second to none’. (Verity Sharp, BBC Radio 3, The Late Junction)

'Kirsty Merryn is a folk singer and composer of extraordinary skill…’ (Sunday Express)

‘…perfect, poised vocals…’ (Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music)

‘Ben Walker and Kirsty Merryn delivered a masterclass in how to successfully place old jewels in new settings.’ (Folk Radio UK)

  • 8.30pm start (doors open 8.00pm)

  • Entry: £12.00 (£10.00 members,  £6.00 under 18s and students)

WEDNESDAY 13th MARCH GEORGE SANSOME & MATT QUINN

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In an exciting new collaboration between two leading lights of their generation of folk musicians, George Sansome (Granny’s Attic) and Matt Quinn (Dovetail Trio) sing traditional folk songs from the British Isles, both unaccompanied and accompanied by mandolin and guitar. Their well-blended voices and close harmonies create a warm, enthralling sound and their English folk instrumental styles complement each other perfectly. Matt is known for his solo work, focusing on traditional songs from Sussex, and is a skilled performer with a distinctive voice and sprightly mandolin style. George, who also performs solo, is a deft guitarist with a rich, sweet voice.

‘Supremely skilled, stylish, nimble and highly musical’ (Living Tradition)

‘Great harmonies, superb musicianship, and a clear delight in the songs’ (Tradfolk)

‘Reliably excellent’ (Bright Young Folk)

  • 8.30pm start (doors open 8.00pm)

  • Entry: £12.00 (£10.00 members,  £6.00 under 18s and students)

 

WEDNESDAY 10th APRIL TARREN

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Bristol-based trio Tarren, features Alex Garden on fiddle and viola, Sid Goldsmith on cittern and English concertina and Danny Pedler on accordion and hurdy-gurdy. Together they create music that is fresh and dynamic but rooted in the English tradition. The trio expertly arranges original and traditional material to produce rich, joyous music that draws the listener in, weaving intricate themes throughout tunes and songs that have the pulse of traditional dance at their heart.

‘Just the kind of band we need on the Folk circuit today. Brilliant!’ (FRUK)

 ‘A Mini Folk Supergroup’ (tradfolk.com)

‘Tarren’s music feels traditional but also fresh and original. It’s joyful but with deep sensitivity.’ (Folking.com)

  • 8.30pm start (doors open 8.00pm)

  • Entry: £12.00 (£10.00 members,  £6.00 under 18s and students)

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