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concertina ceol Review: Three Countries of Folk (3) Review: Three Countries of Folk 27 Apr 07

Went to an excellent concert last night in Tunbridge Wells.

Welsh Harpist and Vocalist Gwenan Gibbard played welsh tunes and sang in welsh. Gave a fine performance. I'd never heard anyone sing in welsh before and really liked it.

Jenna Reid the fiddle maestro from the western isles of scotland played some lovely tunes, a good mix of slow airs, hornpipes, jigs and marching tunes. She was accompanied by an really good guitarist who I think was called Kevin MacKenzie (He was definitely from Edinburgh!). I've seen her previously in Filska and Dochas and she just gets better.

The evening finished with Lisa Knapp. Who sang mainly english traditional songs, but also played a couple of tunes on fiddle. She was acompanied by Gerry Diver on guitar/fiddle. Lisa has a voice that puts me in mind of Maddy Prior, Sandy Denny and Shirely Collins all kind of mixed in.

It was an excellent concert. It was just a bit sad that there were so few people there. Probably only twenty five.

Other dates on this tour are as below:
27th Electric Theatre, Guildford

2nd Aberystwyth Arts Centre
3rd Galeri, Caernarton
4th Southport Arts Centre
5th The Sage, Gateshead
8th Oran Mor, Glasgow
9th MacRobert Centre, Stirling
10th The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen

I have no connection to anyone involved except a love of traditional music.

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