BBC Folk Award winner set for Frazer Theatre

Chris Wood receiving Folk Singer of the Year'at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2009 from Rob Brydon and James Taylor.
Chris Wood receiving Folk Singer of the Year'at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2009 from Rob Brydon and James Taylor.

By Gig Scene Editor Graham Chalmers

It’s pleasing to see that Mike Addison is bravely ploughing on with Kula Productions and that the Knaresborough-based music promoters haven’t completely faded away since the sudden and tragic death of founder John Haxby almost exactly two years ago.

Mike is now maintainting the legacy in the best way possible - by bringing quality live acts to the town, partly in support of Frazer Theatre.

To previous acts brought by Haxby such as Eliza Carthy, Rick Wakeman, Martin Simpson, The Quire Boys, Neil Innes and Julian Cope, can now be added the following:

Saturday, February 8, 2014:

Chris Wood, a multi-time BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards winner who sings and plays fiddle, viola and guitar, is also a member of the acclaimed Wood, Wilson & Carthy.

This passionate English folk musician set up the English Acoustic Collective in 1999 to link the many threads of his teaching activities, including summer schools based at Ruskin Mill near Nailsworth, Gloucestershire.

All profits from this show will go to the Raise the Roof campaign by Knaresborough Players to replace the Frazer Theatre roof.

Sunday, March 9, 2014:

Slim Pantella and the Mellow Virginians who feature dazzling musicians playing everything from Bluegrass to Irving Berlin.

The band includes composer, wit, fiddler and guitarist Simon Mayor, three-times UK banjo champion Richard Collins and sublime English folk vocalist, guitarist and mandobassist Hilary James.

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A young Ripon band is battling it out in Rock War.

Personally speaking, I know nothing about Rock War competition – except that Flat 69 seem to be doing well in it and they need you to support them by voting on the Rock War Facebook page.

The semi-acoustic pop band, who are in the final shortlist of this nationwide competition, were formed at Ripon Grammar School and boast sweet tunes and great saxophone work which you can check out on Soundcloud.

There’s a great festive offer for fans in North Yorkshire of acoustic music, particularly roots music and the blues.

Tickets for BAMfest 2014, which will see the likes of The Men They Couldn’t Hang and Paul Jones and The Blues Band coming to town, are available at great discount prices right now on weekend tickets – a sort of ‘early bird’ deluxe.

But you’d better be quick - the offer ends on December 31.

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