Young Folk Showcase

Young Folk Showcase, the traditional start to Ropery Hall’s 2018 folk programme features three artists making their names in the world of folk.

Taking place on Saturday, January 27, this year’s showcase, put together by Mick Harding of Mad Dog Folk, features Jack Harris, Kelly Oliver and Paul Mosley, all of whom have received five star reviews for their music.

“Jack Harris’ songs are literate, curious songs, often in character, always intriguing,” explained Mick.  “His latest album, The Wide Afternoon, features 11 new songs, rooted in Folk and Blues traditions, that tell real and imagined stories with the result being a bigger, darker record than Jack’s previous, critically acclaimed offering, 2012’s The Flame and the Pelican”.

Singer-songwriter Kelly Oliver is an artist who “blends traditional with bold, indie-pop” and her second album was nominated for Best Album from a Female Artist 2016 by Folkwords. Her last five singles have all gained BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music airplay and she performed her summer single Rio on BBC One’s Sunday Morning Live for her first national TV appearance.

The final act, Paul Mosley, was previoulsy front man of alternative folk favourites Moses, and  has been described as writing “genius songs”. Already he’s established himself as a solo artist with many admirers of his craft.

Tickets to the gig cost £13 in advance or £15 on the door and can be purchased online at www.roperyhall.co.uk, by telephone on 01652 660380 or in person from The Ropewalk’s Craft Gallery.

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