JIM MORAY: Modern folk music and Child ballads for today + Andrew Sharpe & Amy Kakoura (Steamchicken)

Date/Time Sun 09 Oct 2016 7:45 PM

Price Online - £12 + £1.20 booking fee; On The Door - £12

Website: http://www.jimmoray.co.uk

Jim Moray is one of the most consistently inventive musicians working in English traditional music today. Winner of five BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, after five ground-breaking albums he now finds himself at the forefront of a new folk revival in the UK, and hailed as a pivotal influence by a new generation of folk musicians.

Recording his first album ‘Sweet England’ while still studying classical composition at Birmingham Conservatoire in the day and playing drums in power-pop bands by night, Jim Moray emerged onto the UK folk scene seemingly fully formed in 2003. His imaginative re-imagining of English traditional music blended with orchestral flourishes, guitars and electronics soon found him awarded the unprecedented combination of ‘Best Newcomer’ and ‘Best Album’ at the 2004 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

In 2013 he celebrated both 10 years since his landmark début album Sweet England and the success of his 2012 career best Skulk. Now he brings material from his new album of traditional ballads – Upcetra – out on the road for an evening of storytelling music at its best.

Steamchicken have been delighting audiences for over 20 years. In Ceilidhs, concerts, bar sets and workshops, the 7 talented and versatile musicians bring musical genres together in a way that shouldn’t work but does. However, we can’t fit seven people on to the stage, so we’ll be joined tonight by the duo of Andrew Sharpe & Amy Kakoura. But here’s what the whole band sound like: