Me And My Friends play soulful, poignant and gloriously danceable music, subtly referencing many styles, including vintage Ghanaian highlife, Jamaican roots and Afro-Brazilian folk. The UK-based quintet create a timeless sound with a global outlook, performed with an infectious energy, and the result is instantly recognisable, highly original and truly genre-defying.
We will be holding this event in our downstairs space to encourage you to dance!
£11/£10/£5 (16 and under)Book Online
Forged from the voices of Hannah James, Hazel Askew and Rowan Rheingans, Lady Maisery explores vocal harmony to breathtaking effect, through their fresh interpretations of songs and ballads.
The trio burst onto the scene with the release of the debut album, Weave and Spin in summer 2011, which received much critical acclaim and was declared an ‘Album of the Week’ by The Independent. Their live performances during the festival season created a real buzz and they were nominated for the Horizon Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2012 and for Best Debut at the 2012 Spiral Awards.
Lady Maisery breaks new ground as one of the first UK groups to explore the tradition of diddling or tune singing, which has nearly died out in England, but is still prevalent in Scandinavia and other parts of Europe. Whether singing unaccompanied, or with backing from their combined instrumental talents on accordion, harp, banjo and fiddle, be prepared to be enchanted by rich harmonies and sumptuous clashes.
“…they get the biggest ovation of the festival and loud requests for encores from a crowd that won’t take no for an answer.” eFestivals (reviews of Shrewsbury Folk Fesitval 2013)
“Tremendously captivating, spellbinding singers; expert musicians.” fROOTS
“Lady Maisery are women with ideas, purpose and urgency. They’ve packed these into Mayday and created a powerful, enthralling work.” Songlines
“Mayday sees the triumvirate of talent negotiate uncharted waters with ease – singing remains the main ingredient but Hazel’s harp, Hannah’s accordion and Rowan’s fiddle and banjo are taken to new heights of skill and applied with passion to this strikingly beautiful collection” Spiral Earth
“The multi-skilled Lady Maisery; just three of them but they sound like an orchestra.” Sean Rafferty, BBC Radio 3
NOT ONLY WILL LADY MAISERY BE PERFORMING ON THE SATURDAY NIGHT BUT ON SUNDAY MORNING FROM 11.00-12.30 THEY WILL BE RUNNING A SINGING WORKSHOP DOWNSTAIRS AT THE TOLMEN CENTRE. This will be suitable for singers of all ages and abilities, and will offer the chance to sing in harmony and to learn about the mysterious art of ‘diddling’.
Tickets £11, £10 (£5 for children): advanced booking is advised.
Daughter and Father duo Kim and Andrew Lowings have been writing and collaborating together since 2011. The pair have become well established on the British folk circuit and together form half of the band Kim Lowings and The Greenwood. As a duo they are able to showcase their songwriting skills and the intricacies of their acoustic sound with a warm and captivating stage presence. The sound draws together mountain dulcimer, guitar, bouzouki and piano to resonate with Kim’s lyric writing and arrangements of traditional folk song.
Tickets £9 – Under 12s £4.50Book Online
Michael Timothy ‘Mick’ Abrahams is a guitarist and band leader, best known as being the original guitarist for Jethro Tull. Abrahams was born in Luton, Bedfordshire. He played on the album This Was recorded by Jethro Tull in 1968, but left the band after he’d clashed with Ian Anderson over their musical direction.
Abrahams went on to found Blodwyn Pig and recorded two albums, Ahead Rings Out (1969) and Getting to This (1970) before leaving in 1970 to form the Mick Abrahams Band. Abrahams has continued to release albums by himself and with reunited versions of Blodwyn Pig. His Tolmen Centre concert will be a solo acoustic set.
Soaring harmonies and tip toe dance by eight young men from Bulawayo. Unique vocals laced with Afro pop, RnB and Reggae tell of love, hope, worship and social commentary. “Only eight men, but with enough charisma and energy to light up a continent.”
The Herald Scotland
Tickets £8, £7 Children £4
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