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Gilmore and Roberts a Maltings Folk night, St Albans

PUBLISHED: 10:03 03 May 2014

Gilmore and Roberts

Gilmore and Roberts

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Katriona Gilmore and her singing partner Jamie Roberts headline Folk at the Maltings next Friday, May 9.

Now well-known on the folk scene, singer and fiddle player Katriona first sang in St Albans at the age of 14.

She first took part in the New Roots event in St Albans in 2001 and then played at Redbourn Folk Club and other local venues during her teens.

Katriona went on to study music in Leeds, where she formed a duo with guitarist and singer Jamie Roberts, and together they took part in New Roots in 2007 just as their musical career began to take off.

They released their debut album, Shadows & Half Light, in 2008, before going on to establish themselves on the folk scene. They became full time musicians in 2011 after touring the country with Fairport Convention and have become well-known for their trademark harmonies and talent at songwriting.

Katriona and Jamie have released two more albums, Up from the Deep and The Innocent Left, and have also played in other groups, with Katriona joining the latest line-up of the Albion Band and Jamie continuing to play with English traditional band, Kerfuffle.

Supporting them at the Maltings Arts Theatre in St Albans from 8pm will be young singer Penny Kempson who sings and plays traditional songs and music, often accompanying her voice with her own fiddle arrangements.

She has been a member of the National Youth Folklore Troupe of England and played in the 2013 youth showcase at Sidmouth Folk Festival before being selected as a finalist in the 2014 New Roots competition.

Tickets cost £10, with concessions for students, children and unwaged people £8 and £6 for under 16s. They can be bought on the door, in advance from www.ticketsource.co.uk/ovo, by phone on 0844 870 0887 or in person at St Albans Tourist and Information Centre.

For further information see www.stalbansfolkmusic.org.uk or email info@stalbansfolkmusic.org.uk.

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