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With 3 Cane Whale; and Ange Hardy and Lukas Drinkwater
Influential singer-violinist Nancy Kerr will play tracks from her stunning solo debut, Sweet Visitor. A respected interpreter of traditional material, Nancy's emergence as a writer of rare style has drawn comparisons to William Blake in her reawakening of a radical folk mythology as a backdrop for contemporary narratives about love and conflict, migration, hardship and jubilation, and the tensions between rural and urban life.
Nancy is also in high demand as one third of a new trio with Andy Cutting and Martin Simpson, won Folk Singer of the Year at the 2015 BBC Folk Awards and was a pivotal songwriter in the groundbreaking composition project 'The Elizabethan Session'. She will be joined by members of the Sweet Visitor Band, Tom Wright and Rick Foot.
'Quite breathtakingly beautiful.'Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2.
3 Cane Whale are a multi-instrumental acoustic trio featuring members of Spiro, Get The Blessing and Scottish Dance Theatre. As intricate as a team of watchmakers, as spare as a mountain stream, the music encompasses both a cinematic sweep and an intimate delicacy.
The band's third album, Palimpsest, was chosen by The Telegraph as one of the 'Best Folk Music Albums Of 2016', by fRoots as one of its 5-star Playlist Albums, and by The Guardian for its Folk World Music Playlist.
3 Cane Whale are, Alex Vann (mandolin, bowed psaltery, bouzouki, zither, banjo, dulcimer), Pete Judge (trumpet, cornet, dulcitone, harmonium, lyre, glockenspiel, tenor horn) and Paul Bradley (acoustic guitar, miniature harp)
'Exquisite, elegant, atmospheric and charmingly quirky...a shifting mosaic of musical textures. 4 stars'Robin Denselow, The Guardian
BBC Folk Award nominee Ange Hardy grabbed the attention of the traditional folk music world by writing new material and embracing modern technologies whilst maintaining a traditional feel. She is joined by Lukas Drinkwater who brings double bass, guitar, vocals and a bold new dynamic to the stage.
Alongside a staggering list of other accolades Ange was awarded FATEA Magazine's 'Female Vocalist of the Year' in 2013, 'Album of the Year' in 2014 and 'The Tradition Award' in 2015.
As a solo artist Ange performs with a 27-string Salvi Harp, three different guitars, a variety of low whistles, a bodhrán drum, a tambourine, and an Indian shruti box. Combined with her innovative and subtle use of live looping to build layers up vocal harmonies she's one of the most diverse solo-artists you're likely to encounter.
'She performs with a warmth that is both disarming and inspirational. Her songs of life and the countryside feel traditional, and she augments voice and guitar with very effective use of a loop pedal to add harmonies or extra instruments. It is a great feat of perfect timing.'R2 Magazine
Please note this is an unreserved seated event. You will be able to choose your seats on arrival at the venue.
Doors open for this event at 1300, stage times are as follows:
Ange Hardy & Lukas Drinkwater - 1400
3 Cane Whale - 1440
Nancy Kerr - 1520
Approximate finish - 1620
Please note: The Met will be undergoing refurbishment between March and November 2016. Events during this period will take place at other local venues.
This event will take place at Castle Armoury Drill Hall.
Part of Homegrown, The Met's festival of English folk music.
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.