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At the heart of English folk

Anglo Canadian artist exchanges line up autumn tours

Two UK tours featuring English and Canadian artists in unique collaborations will take place this Autumn. English folk musicians Bella Hardy and Dan Walsh team up with Canadian counterparts Cara Luft and Meaghan Blanchard.

 

BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year 2014 Bella Hardy reunites with Juno award-winning 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.

Promoted by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) and partner venues /promoters, in collaboration with Music PEI (Prince Edward Island) and Folk Music Canada, these tours are borne out of a developing relationship between England and Canada, which supports artists’ development and collaboration.

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 Pearson, EFDSS Artist Development and Programming Manager, said: “The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) is proud of its growing links with Canada and of the collaborative artist development opportunities we are creating.

“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.”

 

Tour dates

Bella Hardy and Cara Luft
Bella Hardy and Cara Luft

Thursday 9 October, 7.30pm
Cecil Sharp House, London
Tickets £12
Book now | 0844 888 9991
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Friday 10 October, 8pm
The Institute, Kelvedon
Tickets £11
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Saturday 11 October, 7.30pm
Fleets Arts, Belper
Tickets £10 (advance) | £12 (doors)
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Tuesday 14 October, 7.30pm
Spring Bank Arts Centre, New Mills
Tickets £12
Book now from High Street Books, New Mills | 01663 308 202
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Wednesday 15 October, 7.30pm
The Shakespeare, Sheffield
Tickets £10
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Thursday 16 October, 8pm
Black Swan Folk Club, York
Tickets £12 | £11 concessions (over 60s)
Book now | 01904 632922
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Friday 17 October, 7.30pm
The Victoria, Saltburn
Tickets £10
Book now | 01287 626 131 | Also available from behind the bar in The Victoria
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Saturday 18 October, 8pm
Homegrown, The Met, Bury
Tickets £12
Book now | 0161 761 2216
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Dan Walsh and Meaghan Blanchard
Dan Walsh and Meaghan Blanchard

Wednesday 12 November, 8pm
Stafford Gatehouse Theatre
Tickets £13
Book now via 01785 254 653
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Thursday 13 November, 7.30pm
with special guests Kizzy Crawford and Tim Chaisson
Cecil Sharp House, London
Tickets £12
Book now | 0844 888 9991
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Friday 14 November, 7.30pm
Spring Bank Arts Centre, New Mills
Tickets £10
Book now from High Street Books, New Mills | 01663 308 202
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Sunday 16 November, 7pm
Old Cinema Laundrette, Durham
Tickets £13
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Tuesday 18 November, 7.30pm
Kitchen Garden Café, Birmingham
Tickets £10
Book now | 0121 443 4725
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Friday 21 November, 8pm
The White Horse, Easton
Tickets £10 (advance) |  £11 (doors)
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National Youth Folk Ensemble

National Youth Folk Ensemble

 

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