Meadway Sessions

Up and coming Events

Following the success of the last two Take Art concerts with ‘ Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman ‘ and ‘ Martin Harley and Sam Lewis ‘ we are hoping to put on similar events in the Spring and late Autumn of each year. The first one this year is a little later than planned due to the heavy commitment of the village hall.

17th November 2017 8pm doors 7.30pm Melrose Quartet

There is a new band already making waves on the British Folk Festival circuit: Melrose Quartet. Multiple BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winners Nancy Kerr and James Fagan join forces with legendary Sheffield duo Richard and Jess Arrowsmith (Crucible, Hekety, Pecsaetan) and the band are capturing imaginations with their bold take on old and new English songs and tunes. Glorious four-part harmony singing combines with crunchy twin fiddles, full-bodied melodeon and powerful bouzouki in a set that will leave your heart singing and your feet tapping. Their live performances infect audiences with the warmth and sparkle that these four seasoned musicians feel when they unite.

“…all in all an inspired ensemble so obviously playing for joy” (Martin Simpson, 2012)
Tickets £10 from Alan Riley 01458 447223

Buy Tickets online at http://www.wegottickets.com/event/412977

 

17th February 2018 8pm doors 7.30pm The Churchfitters

The Churchfitters is a folk band like no other. A bass guitar made out of a frying pan. Heart-wrenching vocals accompanied by a musical saw. Foot-stompingly fast fiddle mixed with infectious funk-rock bouzouki. And traditional tunes reinvigorated with mesmerising jazz sax.
The three virtuoso musicians from England and France strut their stuff on a stage that bristles with instruments – adding flute, banjo, dulcimer, tin whistle, guitar, ukulele, stand up dustbin bass and a sackful of percussion to their ensemble. And let’s not forget the unique ‘bing-bong’ machine made out of hack-saw blades.
Throw in some exquisite harmonies, a slew of startlingly original songs and a few jokes that create instant rapport and you’ve got a high energy show that always leaves audiences cheering. How do you adequately describe such a musically diverse, uplifting band? You leave it to Mike Harding, a self-confessed ‘huge, huge fan’. He calls them ‘totally brilliant and beautiful’.

Meet the Churchfitters

Rosie Short (London)
Rosie’s achingly beautiful voice is equally at home singing husky blues, plaintive femme folk or ethereal originals. A talented songwriter, she’s also a ‘one woman orchestra’, deftly swapping between flute, saxophone, banjo, tin whistle, dulcimer, ukulele and any number of things you can shake, rattle, or whack with a stick.

Chris Short (London)
Chris is a feverishly fast fiddler who has the annoying habit of getting people, who were sitting quite comfortably, out of their seats and dancing. When required, he also plays slowly and most of the other speeds. A mean mandolin player, he sings great vocal harmonies too. Finally, he’s a raconteur with a great sense of humour – but then you need that if you play the musical saw.

Boris Lebret (Lannion, France)
Part bass player, part mad inventor, Boris hates to play a regular instrument when he can cobble together a better one out of scrap metal. Like when he discovered four strings weren’t enough for his driving bass rhythms, so he simply reached for the Black & Decker and bolted on another six.

Tickets £10 from Alan Riley 01458 447223

Buy Tickets online at http://www.wegottickets.com/event/413798