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LUCA FRANCIOSO & STUART MASTERS

Sun 19 Feb – 7.30pm – £12 – The Blue Boar Hotel, Maldon, CM9 4QE

Tickets: Maldon TIC 01621 856503

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Luca Francioso is a celebrated guitarist, composer and writer. Studying classical guitar with Giuseppe Alati, he became interested in Fingerstyle, a technique he refined with Italian guitar legend Franco Morone.  Stuart Masters combines Western and Indian Classical, Folk and Celtic influences with contemporary percussive techniques to create a hyrbrid style guitar playing and songwriting.   An exquisite evening celebrating the versatility of the guitar in the imaginative hands of these consummate musicians.

RAB NOAKES

Sun 5 Mar – 8pm – £12 – Maldon Little Ship Club, CM9 5HN

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Rab Noakes has enjoyed a varied and illustrious musical life. After working with lifelong friend Gerry Rafferty in Stealers Wheel he opted for a solo career with his songs being covered by hit-makers Lindisfarne and Barbara Dickson.  Regularly on the John Peel Show and The Old Grey Whistle Test with singles play-listed by Radio 1, hear his  superb songs, performed with ease by one man and a guitar.

THE URBAN FOLK QUARTET

Fri 31 Mar – 8pm – £17.50 – Maldon Town Hall, CM9 4PZ

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The Urban Folk Quartet’s fiddle-led music draws heavily from celtic dance forms and traditional song but from there on in it is unlike any folk band you have ever heard. They embrace any and every influence that genuinely makes sense of their time and place and makes sense in their music. From funk grooves to middle-eastern melodies, afrobeat to north Indian rhythms. They are quite unique!

CALAN with Dan Wilde

MON 24 APRIL – 8pm – £12.50 – Maldon Town Hall, CM9 4PZ

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Fiddles, guitar, accordion, bagpipes and step dancing explode into life when CALAN, the energetic young folk band from Wales, take to the stage. They breathe fire into the old traditions with their infectious rhythms and high voltage routines before melting into some of the most beautiful and haunting songs as with tales of magic, myth and mischief. Great fun, a huge sense of humour, and step-dancing from a champion dancer makes for an outstanding show. CALAN are joined by singer/songwriter and guiarist Dan Wilde who has released 3 solo albums and supported other prestigious artists such as Karine Polwart and Cara Dillon. A truly superb night of music!

DAN WALSH

SUN 30 APRIL – 7.30pm – £12 – The Sunny Sailor, CM9 4LE

Tickets Maldon TIC: 01621 856503

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Describing what Dan does is no easy task but at the heart of it is British, Irish and American folk music delivered with a healthy dose of funky grooves – all performed with his unique and dazzling take on clawhammer style banjo. Add to all that poignant songs, astonishing musical departures and lively humour and the result is a truly memorable live show which has wowed audiences across the world from intimate seated rooms to huge dancing crowds in festival fields.

 

DAPHNE’S FLIGHT

TUES 16 MAY – 8pm – £18 – Maldon Town Hall, CM9 4PZ

Tickets Maldon TIC: 01621 856503

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Daphne’s Flight are Chrisine Collister, Chris While, Julie Matthews, Melanie Harrold and Helen Watson. All 5 women are contemporary songwriters who cross a huge range of topics and genres with the song at the heart of all they do. Striking harmonies supported by a range of instrumentation woven together in a resounding celebration of the female voice. Particularly for this Maldon gig it is wonderful to see local artist Helen Watson with her contemporaries performing Live locally. A very special night which has been a long time in the making! Don’t miss these inspiring women!