Delighted to welcome back to Hermon the ever popular Rick Wilson.
Come try your hand at percussion, literally.
Born and educated in London, Rick started messing around with drums in his mid-teens whilst recovering from the fall-out of inadequate secondary music teaching. Listening to a wide selection of musics developed a can-do attitude that grew quickly after meeting other like-minded souls. He embarked on a performing career with rock bands including The Work before diversifying his skills and experience with musicians from other traditions, and increasingly linking music with story and other art forms.
Initially self-taught on kit, he later studied Chenda temple drumming with Shankaran Marar and V.D.Nair in Kerala, south India; Berber rhythms in the Atlas mountains of Morocco and Brazilian carnival music with Sheda Baba in London.
As accompanist for education and performance dance projects, he has worked with Shobana Jeyasingh, T. Oonikrishnan and P.Jayachandran.He has also been a tutor for WOMAD and Glyndebourne and spent many years working throughout the UK with Common Lore Storytellers and Musicians, as both performer and teacher.
In 1999 Rick completed a degree (2:1) in Music Studies at SOAS in London. With regular collaborator Helen East, he has visited schools at all levels, teachers’ centres, theatres, conferences and festivals in the UK and worked in Australia, India, Indonesia, Mexico, South America, Singapore and Portugal, often under the aegis of the British Council.
Tickets £8.50 on the door or in advance
Both Leanne and Eleanor currently play in the all female IBMA Nominated Bluegrass band ‘Midnight Skyracer’ – The band released their first album ‘Fire’ in 2018 and were signed to Island / Universal Records in 2020 where they released their second album ‘Shadows On The Moon’
Leanne Thorose is a Vocalist and Multi Instrumentalist based in London, England. She plays the Mandolin, Fiddle
& Guitar specialising in Bluegrass and Country music. Leanne has been a touring musician for over 10 years and has made appearances in a number of different bands and theatre projects including the critically acclaimed Irish Dance show ‘Essence of Ireland’ as their lead Fiddle player where she completed tours around the UK with shows in Qatar and Johannesburg, South Africa.
This promises to be a stimulating and moving concert with well-known choral gems such as Parry’s memorial piece My Soul There is a Country, composed during World War 1 and culminating in the same composer’s vibrant setting of John Milton, Blest Pair of Sirens. In between are Finzi’s exuberant My Spirit Sang All Day and Mozart’s perennially popular Ave Verum. Tickets are just £12 (Including refreshments) and available from Rowanthorn in Old Chapel Court.
Ellie Gowers songs are built from a childhood love of literature and traditional folk song, but also discuss the more modern narratives of the present day. These influences fuse together to create a sound that has been deemed unique and incomparable.
In the last two years, Ellie has released the EP From Here on Outand followed that with her latest single Against the Tide which earned her a TEDx talk. These songs have been toured widely, both in headline shows and support slots for critically acclaimed artists.
After the unpredictable circumstances that 2020 brought with it, Ellie found herself making good use of her time, beginning to work on projects she had only ever thought about. Collaborations were done with friends new and old, songs were written, a festival was played, and she was also included in the line up of the Filkin’s Drift Ensemble, covering Arthur McBride. Ellie enters 2021 with a brand new EP named Parting Breath, which was released in March.
The Fron Male Voice Choir and Lleisiau’r Afon (A Ladies Choir from Carrog) come together for an exciting evening of choral music. what better way is there to get in the Christmas mood.
Note – Tickets are limited as there is reduced seating to allow more spaces between seats and rows. The wearing of a mask to enter the church is appreciated but wearing masks is optional during the concert.
Tickets £12.50 Concessions £10.00
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4 Old Chapel Court
Monday – Friday 9:30am to 5:30pm
Saturday 9:30 am to 5:00pm
Tel 01691 238227
Contact Mike Coppock
One of the country’s leading folk festivals – the most fun you can have during August Bank Holiday weekend!
The 2022 Shrewsbury Folk Festival takes place from August 26 to 29. Four days packed with fantastic music and much more on a riverside site in the heart of Shrewsbury.
See latest information at www.shrewsburyfolkfestival.co.uk