Parish hall to stage folk gig

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SOME rising stars of the folk scene will be in concert at Ashover Parish Hall on Saturday, March 26.

Although still only in their early 20s, Hannah James and Sam Sweeney need little introduction as they have been regulars at folk festivals for many years.

Probably best known for their work in Kerfuffle, and in more recent years for their respective appearances with The Demon Barber Roadshow and Bellowhead, they formed officially as a duo in 2008. Their first album, Catches And Glees, was released in 2009 to critical acclaim and they were nominated for the Horizon Award at the 2010 BBC Folk Awards. Since the release of the album, Hannah and Sam have toured nationally, played festivals and received radio play.

They play predominantly English songs and tunes on accordion and fiddle, and the live show naturally includes Hannah’s renowned high-energy clog dancing.

Also performing will be Blair Dunlop, the son of folk legend Ashley Hutchings and singer Judy Dunlop, who has been encouraged to take to the stage from a young age. He has now blossomed into a greatly admired singer, guitarist and actor.

Tickets are £11 (concessions £10), available online at www.xelipromotions.co.uk, from The Parish Hall and Hudsons of Chesterfield or on 01623 812739/01246 246330. The event starts at 8pm and the bar is open from 7.15pm.