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Folk musicians galore in new acoustic season
Saturday 19th January, 2013 - Farnsfield Village Centre
By Dawn Bond
The new season at Farnsfield Acoustic opens on Saturday with a return visit from Circus Envy, the in-demand alternative folk band from Hull who are rapidly making a name for themselves on the festival circuit.
The five-piece last played at Farnsfield in September 2011, and they feature a primarily acoustic line-up, adding a traditional sensibility to their intricately crafted harmony-led modern songs.
Tight vocal harmonies have become the band’s trademark, and their songs feature such subjects as the truly horrific bombing of Hull during the second world war.
They will be followed on February 16, by a visit from Gigspanner, a band formed by Peter Knight, the violinist with Steeleye Span and one of the leading lights behind Feast Of Fiddles.
This trio — with Roger Flack on guitar and Vincent Salzfaas on conga and djembe — was originally formed as a musical experiment, but their popularity has secured their future in the folk world.
On March 16, it will be the turn of Dave Swarbrick, simply billed as SWARB! Now in his 70s, he is still regarded as Britain’s premier folk fiddler and the inventor of the folk-rock violin, a sound we hear every day through many much younger bands.
A mainstay of the folk revival of the 1960s, he was a long-time member of Fairport Convention, and has played with many leaders of the genre. He still tours extensively, often with his musical partner, Martin Carthy.
Irish singer songwriter Kieran Goss will take the stage on April 27. Heavily influenced by the likes of Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson and The Rolling Stones, he has supported Elvis Costello and has a high popularity in mainland Europe.
The season ends on a high on May 25, with a visit from Fake Thackray, better known as John Watterson. The late Jake Thackray was a true craftsman of the English language, and his songs were a high point of the 1960s and 70s.
Exquisitely funny, satirical, and razor sharp, they include such titles as Lah di Dah and Sister Josephine. John Watterson’s tribute to Thackray looks set to run and run.
Ticket prices vary, but all performances will be held at Farnsfield Village Centre.
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