Friday 12th May at 8.00pm
An evening of folk music
Tickets £10 can be booked on 01460 54973
"Flying Folk" is the generic name we have given to the series of regular folk music concerts that we have presented at Ilminster over the last few years. Each of these has featured several different performers.
This is a concert comprising three separate performances by singer/musicians local to the southwest. Together they will be presenting a widely varied mix of folk material which will no doubt provide us with a thoroughly entertaining evening.olk material which will no doubt provide us with a thoroughly entertaining evening.
Jemima Farey is a young folk/country musician from Combe St. Nicholas who has performed a number of times at Ilminster Arts Centre and now is key to organising and presenting our folk concerts. She writes original songs incorporating many themes including family, loved ones and cherished places. Her uncomplicated yet delicate guitar work provides the perfect accompaniment for her strong and mesmerising voice. Performing live as a solo act, Jemima is a true and captivating performer and fundamentally what comes through in her music is her unforced and genuine passion for music and story telling.
Kitty Macfarlane is a Somerset-based singer and songwriter. Her lyrics combine honest snapshots of everyday humanity with the bigger questions that have connected minds and voices for centuries. As well as the release of her debut EP Tide & Time, the last year has taken Kitty on an extensive national support tour with Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman. Tide & Time received outstanding reviews and national ariplay on the BBC Radio 2 folk show as well as other regional BBC radio shows across the UK, and features Sam Kelly (co-producer), Jamie Francis, Lukas Drinkwater, Ciaran Algar and others. Kitty was a BBC Young Folk Award semi-finalist in 2015. Currently she is an Associate Artist at Halsway Manor, National Centre for Folk Arts, and has recently been awarded a creative bursary from the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) for a songwriting project. Kitty's songs are charged with a sense of place – more often than not her home of Somerset. Mankind's transactions with the planet, whether those of small French fishing communities, or colossal nuclear power stations, work their way into her songs, alongside a deep interest in shared human experience.
Greg Hancock is an established performer on the music scene in Exeter and the surrounding region. His songs deal with a wide range of topics – from love-gone-wrong and personal emotions to topical issues and current affairs but all share an unusual, slightly skewed view of the world and everything in it. His music is difficult to fit into any of the usual genres, but Greg sees himself as within the folk tradition of storytelling and social commentary, with musical influences from jazz and flamenco adding to the mix. His guitar playing has developed from roots in the new folk styles of the 70s and 80s, with influences from players like Nic Jones, Martin Simpson and Joni Mitchell, to become a unique, intricate style through which many different moods can be expressed, and different genres explored.
Pete Aves is a difficult artist to pigeonhole. He refuses to cling to a single genre, and as far back as 2001 set out an eclectic agenda in his debut release Fidelity. Prior to this he was recruited as a guitarist by cult favourites the High Llamas in 1999, and in 2002 he became musical director and guitarist for legendary producer and songwriter Lee Hazlewood on the great man's final European tour. In the same year Aves released Bystanding, following it up in 2003 with the jazz flavoured Down Beat. Recorded live in two days it was a defiant return to the work ethic of previous decades, inspired by late night conversations over Chivas Regal with Lee. Cherry Red records signed Aves for the 2005 release A Family Tree, a project initiated by a chance meeting with Gilbert O'Sullivan at his studio on Jersey, where much of this mellow, acoustic flavoured album was recorded. Aves released the dazzling You, me & Bill Withers on his own Thrift Horse label in 2006 before taking time out to raise the twins who emerged in the same year. In the ten years that elapsed before the release of See How, Aves worked with Petula Clark, Nick Lowe, Jarvis Cocker, Richard Hawley, The Lost Ladies Of Folk, Shirley Collins, Harry Hill, Turin Brakes and the Undertones among others. He also worked on a building site.
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