Saturday Folk Nights at Ropery Hall resume with Josienne Clark and Ben Walker
Double BBC Folk Award nominees Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker get the second half of the Saturday night monthly folk evenings at Ropery Hall off to a fine start with their ageless stories of love and loss coupled with an exquisite command of many instruments.
“Josienne’s jewel-like voice finds the nuance in the simplest phrase and sends it, effortlessly, straight to your heart while Ben’s musical tact and flair for arrangement provide the perfect setting, allowing the song centre-stage,” said Mick Harding of Mad Dog Folk.
The couple met by chance eight years ago and together they have resolutely forged their own path through traditional music.
“Critical recognition soon followed, along with the Isambard Folk Award, and the FATEA Award for Best Album and Female Vocalist of the Year, and the Spiral Earth Award for Best Duo, as well as coveted Radio 2 folk award nominations for Best Newcomers and Best Duo,” recalled Mick.
“Their live performance is a thing of delight and its purity will stay with you long after the last note fades,” he continued.
Josienne loved singing from childhood, she says, but her parents weren’t musical at all but her low, elegant voice was noted by her teachers and she started training as a classical performer, before dropping out of a music degree.
Ben was in an indie band when he and Clarke met and admits to loving Dire Straits as a child and Interpol as a teenager.
They became a duo in 2011, releasing a collection of traditional songs, The Seas Are Deep, a tool to make more people listen to them, more than anything else, they confess.
Since then albums have included Homemade Heartache, Nothing Can Bring Back The Hour, and their 2016 release, Overnight.
Josienne and Ben will be performing at Ropery Hall on Saturday, September 30, starting at 8pm. Advance tickets that can be bought online at www.roperyhall.co.uk, in person from The Ropewalk’s Craft Gallery, or by calling 01652 660380 cost £13 while tickets on the door can be purchased for £15.