Wild Willy returns to Ropery Hall with his French connection

Wild Willy Barrett makes a welcome return to Barton upon Humber’s Ropery Hall this month bringing with him a charismatic new French singer, Aurora Colson.

“From a cafe in Paris, via a hoolie in Dublin, to a night out in New Orleans with rip-roaring fiddle and banjo – this band does it all!” said The Ropewalk’s Liz Bennet.  “Willy’s appearance, the first gig in our autumn programme,  will really set the standard”.

At the heart of the ensemble are the indisputable talents of multi-instrumentalist Wild Willy Barrett, cellist Mary Holland and Irish pipes and whistle player John Devine, whose outstanding musicianship was recently rewarded by an invitation to play in the presence of The Queen at Buckingham Palace.

Playing alongside them will be Aurora, known for her heartrending performances of French Chansons and her wide jazz repertoire.

“She is really spreading her wings with the wide variety of styles these unusual and original musicians bring to the table.  From Bluegrass to acoustic blues, with haunting Irish melodies and a touch of Piaf thrown into the mix, the result is captivating,” Liz continued.

The group have gone from strength to strength in the 10 years they have been working together with their innovative arrangements beautifully performed on instruments including the guitar, cello, fiddle, and banjo.

“Come and enjoy a wonderful evening of unique and fresh musical entertainment, all overlaid with a large dose of wry humour and very different from anything else you will experience in the UK at the moment,” Liz went on.

Supporting French Connection on the evening is Martyn Barker, a guitarist, songwriter and singer from Yorkshire, who writes songs about everyday life.  Martyn will be performing solo on this gig, fingerpicking on his acoustic guitar and singing his own folky blues with a smidgen of Yorkshire thrown in too.

French Connection is performing on Friday,   September 12, starting at 8pm.  Tickets 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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