Our regular reader will remember that we had a bonzer time at the Namvula Rennie gig back in November and those lovely people at Artsreach Dorset have lined up some more superb offerings.
Thur 22 January, 7:30pm. Piddletrenthide Memorial Hall. 01300 348247. £8, £6 u18s, £25 family
Fri 23 January, 7:30pm. Frampton Village Hall. 07968 586906. £8, £6 u18s
Sat 24 January, 7:30pm. Sturminster Marshall Memorial Hall. 01258 857814. £8, £6 u18s, £25 family
Sun 25 January, 7:30pm. Durweston Village Hall. 01258 452641. £8, £6 u8s, £25 family
Forged from the voices of Hannah James, Hazel Askew and Rowan Rheingans, Lady Maisery explore vocal harmony to breathtaking effect, through their fresh interpretations of songs and ballads. They released their debut album 'Weave & Spin' in 2012 and as a result they were nominated for a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award. 2013 saw the release of their critically acclaimed second album 'Mayday', which reached the number one slot in BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction ‘Top 10 Releases of the Summer', was made a ‘Top of the World’ album by Songlines magazine and was given 5 stars by The Financial Times. All three members are musicians as much as singers, which can be seen not just in their tune singing, but also in their intelligent, striking arrangements on fiddle, harp, banjo accordion and foot percussion. Be prepared to be enchanted by rich harmonies and sumptuous clashes as Lady Maisery emerge as one of the most original new groups on the UK folk scene.
“powerful, enthralling work” Songlines
Alec Dankworth's World Spirit
Thur 5 February, 7:30pm. Melbury Osmond Village Hall. 01935 83410. £10, £7.50 u18s.
Fri 6 February, 7:30pm. The Exchange, Sturminster Newton. 01258 475137. £12, £8 u18s
Sat 7 February, 7:30pm. Portesham Village Hall. 01305 871925. £10, £7.50 u18s, £30 family
Sun 8 February, 7:30pm. Studland Village Hall. 01929 450204. £10
Award-winning jazz bassist and composer Alec Dankworth has worked with artists including Van Morrison, Stephanne Grappelli, and The Dave Brubeck Quartet, and of course, acclaimed members of his own family. Formed out of his love of music from the Iberian peninsula, World Spirit crosses the Straights of Gibraltar into Africa and beyond. Alec has joined forces with daughter Emily Dankworth, leading tenorist Brandon Allen and world percussionist Paul Clarvis to explore melodies from Africa, South America and other continents from a jazz perspective. With tunes by Duke Ellington, Bela Flek, Antonio-Carlos Jobim, Abdullah Ibrahim and WC Handy originating from Ireland, Venezuela, Bulgaria, South Africa, Mali and Brazil, World Spirit offers an evening of global song and improvisation. Please book early to avoid disappointment!