Folk at the Maltings Arts Theatre, St Albans
FOLK at the Maltings will kick off the New Year in style with a concert featuring three prominent local bands plus a visiting singer from Surrey.
Said the Maiden, The Low Lamps, The Foxglove Trio and Sue Graves will be guests at a New Year Showcase concert at 8pm next Friday, January 11, at the Maltings Arts Theatre in St Albans.
Said the Maiden are a Herts-based folk trio whose sound comprises their own contemporary three-part vocal harmony arrangements of traditional folk songs, underlined with accompaniment on guitar, fiddle, ukulele and accordion.
Highlights of 2012 for Jess, Kathy and Hannah included performances at the St Albans, Balstock and Bakewell Music Festivals, and the Redbourn, Watford, Letchworth, Leytonstone and Baldock folk clubs plus reaching third place in the 2012 St Albans Music City Unsigned Competition.
The Foxglove Trio present a contemporary take on songs from the length and breadth of the British Isles. They formed in November 2010 and have since played at folk clubs and festivals around the UK including Redbourn, Upton-upon-Severn and Crawley.
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Ffion Mair, a 2010 New Roots finalist, sings in Welsh and English and plays whistle and bodhran and has won several singing awards, including Best Celtic Folk Singer at Llangollen Eisteddfod 2011 and New Roots Finals 2010. Patrick Dean plays melodeon, cello and concertina and also sings. Cathy Mason plays a whole host of instruments but, with The Foxglove Trio, concentrates on guitar, cello and singing.
The Low Lamps from Harpenden play a mixture of swinging electric Chicago blues and resonator guitar-led acoustic blues. Ryan, lead vocals, and Martyn on guitar, have been playing together on and off for over 20 years.
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A chance beer with drummer Jon and bassist Tom nearly five years ago resulted in the birth of the Lamps. Occasional fifth Lamp Andy, aka Hot Gravel, makes the trip down from far up North to join on blues harp and keys when he can.
Sue Graves has been singing on the Surrey folk scene since the 1970s, either solo or in various collaborations, and is currently part of a Surrey-based trio called Soiree.
She accompanies herself on guitar, and occasionally ukelele and draws her inspiration partly from her Irish roots and also from the folk revival singers as well as some contemporary singer songwriters such as Emily Smith and Thea Gilmore.
Tickets cost �10, with concessions for students, children and unwaged people at �8. They can be bought on the door or in advance online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/ovo, by phone on 0844 870 0887 or in person at St Albans Tourist and Information Centre, Town Hall, Market Place, 01727 864511.
For further information see www.stalbansfolkmusic.org.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org.