Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Hands across the ocean

Two UK tours featuring English and Canadian artists in unique collaborations will take place this Autumn.

Bella Hardy

Britain's Bella Hardy reunites with singer-songwriter guitarist Cara Luft for an eight-date tour, following their creative residency in Alberta, Canada, in 2013.

Dan Walsh, one of the UK’s top banjo players, and Canadian singer-songwriter Meaghan Blanchard will reprise their partnership for eight dates on the back of a 2013 tour of Canada’s Prince Edward Island.

Promoters the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS), who are working in partnership with Music PEI (Prince Edward Island) and Folk Music Canada, say that these tours are borne out of a developing relationship between England and Canada, which supports artists’ development and collaboration.

 Neil Pearson, EFDSS Artist Development Manager, said: “The Society is proud of its growing links with Canada and of the collaborative artist development opportunities we are creating."

As well as performing solo material on the tours, the musicians will showcase new music that they written collaboratively during the first leg of their exchanges.

Neil added: “These two collaborations with MusicPEI and Folk Music Canada saw Dan Walsh and Bella Hardy work with significant artists in Eastern and Western Canada, create new material and embark upon successful tours and showcasing opportunities.

“We are thrilled to welcome both pairings to the UK this autumn, giving audiences an opportunity to see these one-off shows and hear the new music that has been written.”

Bella Hardy and Cara Luft

Thursday 9 October - Cecil Sharp House, London, 7.30pm

Friday 10 October - The Institute, Kelvedon, 8pm
Cara Luft
Tickets £11 -

Saturday 11 October - Fleets Arts, Belper, 7.30pm

Tickets £10 (advance) or £12 (doors) -

Tuesday 14 October - Spring Bank Arts Centre, New Mills, 7.30pm
Tickets £12 – or from High Street Books   

Wednesday 15 October - The Shakespeare, Sheffield, 7.30pm

Thursday 16 October - Black Swan Folk Club, York, 8pm
Tickets £12 full or £11 concessions (over 60s) - or 01904 632922

Friday 17 October - The Victoria, Saltburn, 7.30pm
Tickets £10 - or 01287 626131. Also available from behind the bar in The Victoria

Saturday 18 October - Homegrown, The Met, Bury, 8pm
Tickets £12 - or 0161 761 2216

Dan Walsh and Meaghan Blanchard
with special guests Kizzy Crawford and Tim Chaisson

Wednesday 12 November - Stafford Gatehouse Theatre, 8pm

Thursday 13 November - Cecil Sharp House, London, 7.30pm
Tickets £12 – or 0844 888 9991. Also available from Cecil Sharp House, in person only (no booking fee)

Friday 14 November - Spring Bank Arts Centre, New Mills, 7.30pm
Tickets £10 - or 01663 308202

Meaghan Blanchard and Dan Walsh

Sunday 16 November – Old Cinema Laundrette, Durham, 7pm
Tickets £13 - or available from the Old Cinema Launderette (no booking fee)

Tuesday 18 November - Kitchen Garden CafĂ©, Birmingham, 7.30pm

Friday 21 November - The White Horse, Easton, 8pm
Tickets £10 in advance £11 on the door

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