- Saturday, October 20, 2012
- BA11 2HG
- Back together again after a successful Spring Tour, Maddy Prior, Giles Lewin and Hannah James are coming to The Merlin Theatre in Frome. This show guarantees to be a truly interactive, fun affair!
Maddy Prior is one of the most enduring, influential and respected artists in British music having produced one of the most outstanding and varied bodies of work in the field of British folk music. Still in love with her medium, still pushing at the boundaries, still fascinated by the possibilities that music has to offer, this Autumn sees her team up with two very talented artists for a unique live experience. "Maddy's career has been a memorable and prolific one and she remains every bit as engaging an artist today as she did then"
Maddy Prior has been described as the voice of Folk Music.
Giles Lewin is a multi-talented instrumentalist and singer with a classical background diluted by some years in the band After Hours. He is a stalwart of the Carnival Band, another long-time collaboration of Maddy's and is a founder member of The Dufay Collective. Giles is something of an expert in both early music and Arabic music having spent time studying Arabic violin in Egypt, and can sometimes be seen playing with Egyptian group Maqam.
Giles has accompanied Maddy on stage many times, having previously accompanied her at the BBC Electric Proms. In 2008 and toured with her as part of Maddy Prior and The Carnival Band who's Carols and Capers Christmas tour has become a popular event and the end of the calendar year.
Hannah James is a young, fresh and gifted lady. Most well known for being part of Hannah James & Sam Sweeney, one of the foremost duos performing English folk music today. April 2012 saw the release of their highly anticipated second Album State and Ancientry. Playing predominantly English songs and tunes on accordion and fiddle. In 2010 the duo were nominated for the BBC Radio 2 folk award, 'Horizon Award'. That same year they won the 'Best Newcomers' at the Hancock Awards. Hannah and Sam were both members of the award-winning four-piece band Kerfufï¬‚e, who for nine years spun a web of youthful tradition around the English folk scene
Not only is Hannah a talented musician playing the accordion and singing but she also holds the talent for Clog Dancing (A feature seen in this current tour with Maddy and Giles). Perhaps it isn't so hard to accept that she could put the sound of clog- dancing on disc, but it is brave, nonetheless. She has previously entertained 25,000 people at Cropredy with a solo clog dance.
Having recently opened up for Steeleye Span with Sam Sweeney, Hannah is really excited to be back on stage with Maddy and Giles. "It's a real honour to be performing with such a fantastic and influential musician and I think the three of us will come up with something quite unique...."
With this catalogue of talent on the stage together it is certainly a show not to be missed and guarantees to be a truly interactive, fun affair!
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