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An evening of folk and a cappella music, with a few instruments
Four groups of friends, who sing both individually and collectively at various locations around the North West, come together at The Met for a cracking evening of entertainment:
Chris and Siobhan Nelson perform a wide range of traditional and contemporary songs, with fiddle, viola, tenor guitar or mandola accompaniment - or sung a cappella. Formerly members of folk-rock bands in the south of England, they are now based in Southport, where they are residents at the Bothy Folk Club.
"Siobhan's voice had the audience spellbound"Folk NorthWest
"engrossing performance style, all-round expertise and excellent choice of songs"The Living Tradition
Seat of the Pants was formed some eight years ago. At a folk venue, Heather's brother (who usually accompanied her singing by playing guitar) was delayed. Mike borrowed a guitar and after performing flying by the seat of their pants, a new folk duo was born. Their songs are a mixture of traditional, rousing chorus, and Heather singing unaccompanied. You never really know what you are going to get, but they are not to be missed.
"whether you want a rousing sea shanty to sing along to, a popular Celtic traditional song or a poignant modern folk song Mike and Heather have it all - and with smiles on their faces." Chorley FM Folk Show
The Bailey Sisters are Karen Dyson, Alyson Rainey and Shelley Rainey. They're not sisters (and they don't drink Baileys) but they share a love of traditional and early music. They back exuberant vocal harmonies with a menagerie of instruments.
"indulge us with a gilded, beautiful a cappella turn... a sweet and brief cameo from them tonight but a perfect reminder of just how powerful and moving the naked human voice can be."Manchestermusic.co.uk
Thursday's Child was born on a Monday (August Bank Holiday 2009), when Chris Pyam and Ken Punshon got together to try out a couple of ideas for songs. That afternoon they created about eight songs; since then a further sixty or so have emerged, and there is no sign of the flow stopping.
"...write all their own songs yet somehow manage to make them sound like they've been around for generations. They are a breath of fresh air to the genre of the folk singer/songwriter." Chorley FM Folk Show
Featuring traditional, modern, and self-penned material (and probably three wooden spoons), the individual sets and combined grand finale will leave your mind ringing with complex harmonies.
Thank you to
Core programme and
major capital funders
The John S
With thanks to
Walker Morris LLP.
Joanne Collumbine and Keith Gillespie; Noreen Kershaw;
Mark Potter; Ian Warburton.