Folk’s Damien Barber and Mike Wilson head to Ropery Hall

Two of the finest exponents of traditional song in the country, Damien Barber and Mike Wilson, will be heading to Barton upon Humber’s Ropery Hall at the end of September as part of their biggest tour to date playing 19 shows.

“Damien and Mike are each well known in other settings but together the two have a rich, shared repertoire of traditional songs as well as the work of modern folk writers such as Ewan MacColl and Mike Waterson,” said Mick Harding of Mad Dog Folk that presents the monthly Folk Nights at the Maltkiln Road venue.

Damien is the driving force behind the Demon Barbers, whose Time Gentlemen Please recently captured the admiration of a packed Norwich Playhouse crowd while Mike is part of the Wilson Family, who took part in the Percy-Grainger-themed late-night prom at the Albert Hall last summer.

Together the pair was nominated for Best Duo in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2010.

“It is hard to believe that these relatively young men have a combined 40 plus years’ experience of performing at folk venues,” Mick continued.

Raised in Norfolk and heavily influenced by such earlier Norfolk singers as Walter Pardon and Peter Bellamy, Damien is a stylish and distinctive singer, either unaccompanied or using guitar, or concertina.  Now based in West Yorkshire he still retains a strong East Anglian identity.

Mike is the youngest member of the Wilson Family, the powerful Teesside singing siblings who have raised the rafters at many a festival or folk club event.  His musical heritage is emphatically that of the North East – rural and industrial folk song both traditional and modern.

Tickets to see the folk duo perform on Saturday, September 26, cost £12 in advance or £14 on the door and can be bought online at www.roperyhall.co.uk, in person from the Craft Gallery or by calling 01652 660380.

 

 

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