NEXT MONTH'S EVENTS
Friday 7 May 2021
Virtual Singers and Musicians Night
starts 8pm (Zoom entry from 7:45)
A chance to sing and play via Zoom, still replacing our usual first-Friday-of-the-month singarounds at the Barlow.
You are most welcome to join us as a performer or as a member of the audience. Please email Chris Nash on firstname.lastname@example.org and he will email you a link on Friday.
If you receive the link automatically, don't forget to email him back if you would like to perform. The aim is to get "round the room" twice. These sessions have been very popular though, so if it turns out to be just once please bear with us and enjoy the quality and variety of music.
Much as we would like to be together, Zoom does have some merits : -
no matter how far away from Lancashire you are, you can still join us
you can just join using audio rather than video if you like
you can join in to play and harmonise to your heart's content while muted
you can use a microphone, speakers, headphones, equaliser if you have these
you can use your own drink and catering facilities
you can have the words in front of you and no-one will know
you can put your chorus up on "chat" so that people can join in easily at home
you can take time out to feed the cats/wash up etc
you can wear your slippers
Seriously, it's great fun and good to see everyone happily making music. The quality of performance has been excellent, so if you haven't tried it yet, give it a go.
If you are performing, Chris has details he can send you about how to make the most of your sound.
Friday 21 May 2021
8pm Nancy Kerr & James Fagan online concert (Zoom opens 7:30pm)
Tickets are £8 per person : email email@example.com and we will explain how to pay and send you the Zoom link on the day
Nancy Kerr and James Fagan are one of the best-known and most experienced folk duos on the British circuit today. Outstanding musicianship, a lifelong grounding in traditional singing and instrumental playing, acclaimed original compositions but most noticeably a visceral chemistry between these two make Kerr and Fagan a perennial favourite at festivals, venues and clubs across the country. They met in December 1995, and formed the duo and life partnership that has become the backbone of their professional career in music ever since. They won the inaugural Horizon Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2000, and were also the first ever recipients of the “Best Duo” Award, which they won in 2003, and again in 2011. They are one of only two acts ever to receive this honour twice (along with Spiers and Boden).
Nancy Kerr is the daughter of London singer-songwriter Sandra Kerr and Northumbrian piper Ron Elliott. Nancy is a simply outstanding writer of songs, one of England’s best-known folk fiddle players and in 2015 won “Folk Singer of the Year” at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. She is in constant demand as a songwriter, performer and teacher. As well as the duo with James, her recent work has included the multi-award-winning “The Full English” band, “The Elizabethan Session”, Melrose Quartet and the trio Simpson Cutting Kerr (with Martin Simpson and Andy Cutting). She is co-director of the Soundpost fiddle and singing workshop weekends in Sheffield. Her duo in the 1990s with Eliza Carthy saw her shoot to international prominence on the folk scene in her teens and she hasn’t looked back.
James Fagan was born in Australia and raised in a folk-singing family The Fagans. He is a multi-instrumentalist and singer, specialising in bouzouki, guitar and mandolin. As well as working side by side with Nancy for nearly two decades, James is part of Melrose Quartet and The James Brothers. James is constantly in demand as a session player and appears on albums by Cara Dillon, Martin Simpson, Brian Finnegan, Eliza Carthy and Spiers & Boden. He was part of Bellowhead for their Hedonism tour in 2010 and has been a regular member of the Cara Dillon Band, having played bouzouki on her latest two CDs. He is a core vocal tutor on the Newcastle University Folk Music Degree Course.
As a duo, Nancy and James have toured internationally, most notably in the British Isles, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. They have thousands of fans and despite now having two children continue to work and tour constantly from their home base in Sheffield. Starting a family has reduced the amount of time they can spend on the road together, so their duo shows are now special and sought-after events.
Well what we know so far is that concerts will be via Zoom until July at the earliest. At the present time the March and April gigs are confirmed but later ones are subject to the uncertainty of the times we are all living in.
Click website or photo for links.
15 Jan George Sansome
19 Feb GreenMatthews (see Home Page) www.greenmatthews.co.uk
19 March John & Virginia Kettle (of Merry Hell)
16 April Harbottle & Jonas
21 May Nancy Kerr & James Fagan
18 June Chris & Siobhan Nelson
& Len Pentin
16 July Wayward Jane
17 Sept Belshazzar's Feast
15 Oct Stanley Accrington
19 Nov Mikey Kenney duo
17 Dec Tim Edey Celtic Christmas