Folk era ends for St Albans group Life and Times

Life and Times

Life and Times - Credit: Archant

Duo Life and Times will be making one of their last performances at Folk at the Maltings tomorrow night. (4)

The duo are ending their long standing and fruitful musical partnership at the end of the year and will be joined at the concert at the Maltings Arts Theatre in St Albans by the Rachel Hamer Band who are in the early stages of their musical career.

Life and Times comprise Graeme Meek (guitar, bouzouki, vocals) and Barry Goodman (melodeons, English concertina, vocals). Their music, including the songs they have written on local themes ,has taken them to most of the major folk festivals in England, and to folk clubs all over the country.

Graeme’s songs have been taken up by a number of other singers, including John Kirkpatrick and Carolyn Robson, while Barry’s tune, Four Up appears on Ashley Hutchings’ Grandson of Morris On. Life and Times CDs include Charivari, Marston Vale and Where the Working Boats Went.

Rachel Hamer from Whitley Bay is backed by Grace Smith (fiddle player/singer/clog dancer), Graeme Armstrong (guitarist/singer) and Sam Partridge, (flautist/pianist) in performing traditional tunes with Rachel’s extensive repertoire.

They made a great impression earlier this year when they toured folk clubs and again when they returned to take part in New Roots 2015.

The evening gets underway at 8pm and tickets at £10, students £8, under 16s £6 will be available on the door or in advance here, by phone on 0333 666 3366 or in person at St Albans Tourist & Information Centre at the Town Hall.