Thursday, 16 April 2009
Following their recent success at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards this year The Demon Barbers' international profile has grown significantly with enquiries coming in from all four corners of the world. Most surprising of all was a recent invitation to the Yangtse River Spring Arts Festival on the 19th April 2009. Based in Wuhan, in the province of Hubei, the festival attracts tens of thousands of visitors every year who take part in the celebrations of local and international culture, art and traditional music, song & dance. The trip has been organised by Li Liu, director of the Anglo Independence School in Bournemouth. Li, or Lily, sent a local newspaper article on Morris dancing to the Chinese Government saying that she wanted to show them something of the culture of England. She received a reply from the director general of Wuhan city inviting The Demon Barber Roadshow on an all-expenses-paid trip to join them for ten days. Along with the festival performance, The Roadshow will perform 5 other concerts in the area and will be invited on tours of the local tourist attractions culminating with a trip to the Great Wall and Beijing. The Demon Barbers return just in time to head to London where they will perform as part of the (two days after) St George's Day celebrations in Trafalgar Square (see this posting for details) . By the way, we'll have new music from the Demon Barbers in May's FolkCast!