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Derby Folk Weekender 2019
Nick Hart + Steve Turner
The Old Bell Hotel
Sun 6 Oct
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Running Time: 1 hour 30 minutes - approximate, including any interval(s).
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Steve Turner is a pioneer of highly sophisticated English concertina song accompaniments; Nick Hart is a folk singer deeply rooted in the English tradition.
Raised in a family of morris dancers, Nick played instrumental music for many years before discovering his passion for traditional song. Whilst studying for an ethnomusicology degree, he began to explore the large body of recordings of traditional singers from the second half of the 20th century, and this led to several years of fevered study and many nights spent at folk clubs and festivals, honing his skills as an unaccompanied singer.Nick's initially hardline attitude to the accompaniment of folk songs has softened over the years, but his love of the nuances of traditional singing informs his minimal guitar accompaniment, and his songs are delivered with a great emphasis on storytelling. His repertoire of songs, drawn largely from his native East Anglia, reflect his understanding of both the depth and breadth of material within the English tradition and he is fast acquiring a reputation as an engaging and entertaining performer.2017 saw the release of his first solo album, Nick Hart Sings Eight English Folk Songs. Recorded by long-time collaborator Tom Moore, the album has been well received, being described as 'One of the most rewarding and accomplished albums we've heard this year'-fRoots, 'A cult classic in waiting'-Grizzly Folk, 'Absolutely excellent'-FRUK, and 'The real deal'-Mike Harding.He is currently working on material for his second album, due for release early 2019.
Steve is a multi-instrumentalist, playing mandolin and banjo and accompanies himself on the cittern.After 13 years away from the folk scene he made a welcome return in 2004, producing his 5th album, the highly acclaimed “Whirligig of Time” which featured Martin Carthy, Nancy Kerr and Miranda Sykes.Since then he has released further albums, “Rim of the Wheel” and “Spirit of the Game” and his latest much anticipated 8th album “Late Cut” featuring Eliza Carthy, Martin Simpson and Sam Carter was released December 2018.
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