20190215: Friday 15th February: The Cyriacs CD launch; Glymjack
This friendly ceilidh dance band, comprising Jenny Warnes (lead vocal, flute), Jeanette Hawkes (fiddle, vocals), Phil Milner (bass, vocals), Karen Kehren (fiddle), Jochen Kehren (accordion), Andrew Noyes (guitar, vocals) and Dee Noyes (caller), offers a unique blend of English, Irish, Scottish and American contemporary and traditional music in a range of genres. Long-term friends Andrew and Phil played with Keith Pearson’s bluegrass band, Coup de Grass. This evening they will be launching their new CD, “Live – Stronger – The Rhinocorn Session”, and will be finishing their set with a dance just to keep you on your toes.
We asked the band to describe themselves: "Formed under the star sign of ‘twaddle’ in the month of Febtember the 7 members came together in a queue at Tesco late night shopping. Ages range from 4 to 84, the wisest not necessarily the oldest. CD launch!"
Acoustic trio Glymjack, led by singer-songwriter Greg McDonald, along with fiddle virtuoso Gemma Gayner and bassist Dickon Collinson, delivers a high energy, harmony-rich set of hard-hitting originals, English folk songs and fiddle tunes.
Their debut album “Light the Evening Fire”, featuring Show of Hands legends Phil Beer, Steve Knightley and Miranda Sykes, showcases Greg’s award-winning songs. Its acoustic-roots sound belies its unflinching vision of Brexit Britain, as it takes aim at social issues from immigration to homelessness. Set against that darkening landscape, closing epic “Bright Sparks” draws inspiration from fourteenth century revolutionary John Ball and suffragette Emily Davison, folk heroes who, for McDonald, personify “an alternative, progressive, radical English tradition”.
“As good as contemporary folk comes,” (Acoustic).
This duo of talented young folk musicians write and arrange their own material, sing in harmony and, between them, play a variety of instruments. After many years of attending Ely Folk Festival, Katherine and Holly decided to get together, write some songs and play the Club Tent open mic session in 2017. This appearance led to them being invited to open the Main Stage the following evening, when they were just 12 years old. Since then they have continued as a duo, writing more songs, playing more gigs around the Cambridge area and featuring on local radio. One year after their first ever gig Holly and Katherine were invited back to open the Club Tent at the 2018 Ely Folk Festival.
8pm (Doors open 7:30pm)
Entry: £10(door), £9(advance), £8(members).