Malcolm Hobbs at Maltings Theatre, St Albans, folk night

LOCAL singer Malcolm Hobbs will be topping the bill at the next of a new series of folk concerts at the Maltings Arts Theatre in St Albans tomorrow night (Friday).

A singer with a wide reputation, Malcolm will have support from New Roots 2010 finalist, Marianne Neary and friends.

Malcolm is a solo singer who accompanies himself on bouzouki, tenor mandola and guitar. His repertoire includes both traditional songs from England, Ireland and the Appalachian mountains of the United States and songs by contemporary writers such as Graham Moore, Utah Phillips, Phil Ochs and Richard Thompson.

He sings regularly at Redbourn Folk Club and has also supported artists such as Andy Irvine, Bruce Molsky, Nancy Kerr and James Fagan and Megson.

New Roots 2010 finalist, Marianne Neary, is a singer/songwriter from Lancashire, and is joined by her band, Rebecca Burrell, flute, Patrick Beldon, guitar and Owen Woods, melodeon.

They have now gone on to play at several festivals and local folk clubs as well as on the London scene. They play a mix of traditional music drawn mostly from the English and Irish traditions and Marianne’s original songs.

The evening gets underway at 8pm and tickets cost �10, with concessions �8, available on the door or in advance online at, by phone on 07807 521436 or in person at St Albans Tourist and Information Centre.