Duo na-mara launch new folk night at Maltings Arts Theatre, St Albans

A NEW series of folk concerts featuring top local performers accompanied by young musicians from an annual St Albans music event gets underway tomorrow night (Friday) at the Maltings Arts Theatre.

Duo na-mara will be topping the bill at the concert which is being put on at the theatre by St Albans Folk Music with New Roots 2011 finalist Owen Woods performing as well.

A St Albans-based folk duo, na-mara are rapidly gaining a wider reputation. Paul McNamara (vocal and guitar) and Rob Garcia (mandolin, mandola, guitar and vocals) have a varied repertoire which ranges widely across the Celtic world including music from the British Isles, Brittany, Asturias and Galicia.

They have made three CDs, the most recent of which, The Bite, was released in November 2010 and received excellent reviews from a host of local and national folk magazines.

Solo melodeon player Owen Woods who comes from St Albans and is now a student at Cambridge, plays music from all over the world and is particularly fascinated by tunes which have irregular numbers of bars or beats or tunes which change time or rhythm.

He is also a keen morris dancer and a member of the university’s Ceilidh Band.

The concert begins at 8pm and tickets are �10 with concessions at �8 for students, children and the unwaged. They can be purchased on the door or in advance by going to www.ticketssource.co.uk/ovo, by phone on 07807 521436 or in person at the Tourist and Information Centre in Market Place.