16 March 2016
Starting with his first performance at Ely Folk Club in 1971, Duncan McFarlane has built a reputation for classy performances. Not sure that “Luigi Ana Da Boys”, the name of the band he formed in 1974, reflects that or the image we have of him now, though.
The Living Tradition magazine review from 2006 probably gives a better idea of what Duncan is all about …
‘Singer/guitarist/songwriter extraordinaire Duncan has been steadily making a name for himself over the past few years, increasingly well outwith the confines of his home county of West Yorkshire. Whether performing solo or in “acoustic band” format, his live sets invariably go down a storm, while his full-blown electric band has been hailed (and justifiably so in my book) as bringing the credibility back to that hoary old beast folk-rock.
Duncan has an obvious feel for the tradition and a deep-rooted belief that it has a place in the current folk scene, aspects which he puts across with lively showmanship. His own songs show a canny grasp of, and response to, the tradition, while his intrinsic seriousness of intent and approach is often laced with a healthy irreverence that happens to be hugely entertaining.’
More reviews …
‘Classy English Folk Guitar, eminently listenable vocals and great songs, both traditional and contemporary’ (Mike Raven)
‘Duncan’s a punchy guitarist in the ‘English folk’ style and offers a set about equally split between his own songs, other people’s and traditional’ (fRoots)
So there you go! Naaah! He’s so much more than that. It is impossible not to be touched by his performance; words are flimsy vessels, incapable of carrying what can only be experienced by listening to his live performance. You just know you want to discover this for yourself …. Don’t you?
Duncan will be supported on the night by …
Dave is definitely Bedworth’s candidate for ‘The oldest Singer in Town’. A former miner (as well as other trades) Dave is a traditional guy with a repertoire of traditional songs many of which tell the story of miners and their families. He has also written a few songs about his own time down the local pit and has now introduced several monologues into his repertoire which invariably get audiences laughing.
Geoff sang, wrote, published and recorded with Coventry-based Black Parrot Seaside, from 1975-1982 and again between 2006 and 2014. Albums released: “Roll it Up and Eat It“ and “Aint It Grand”. Geoff, along with several other musicians, is part of that (very!) loose collective Mac Awe On Tour. Geoff still appears solo at Clubs Clubs and Festivals. He has recently co-written some songs with John Kearney.
John is a great supporter of the local Folk Clubs. His songs range from traditional through to contemporary, and even the odd pop song has been known to creep in occasionally. John also writes some songs of his own and his friends’ experiences, all of which are performed in his unique manner.
Pete performs regularly, and with acclaim, at numerous folk clubs in the Midlands. Songs from the 60s and 70s are his forte, but he wanders into other areas, too, with great success.
Blues Division are Sophia Barrington (vocals) and Arnold Chave (guitars and vocals); they started working together in June 2015.
What binds them together musically is a shared love of traditional blues music and they have a wide range of influences ranging from Robert Johnson, B. B. King, Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf, Koko Taylor, Etta James to name only a few, but also include some well-known “standards” that cross over between blues and jazz.
Dan Gascoigne and Sarah Bennett
Dan Gascoigne is a guitarist and songwriter from Coventry. He performs self-penned songs and covers arranged in his own style. He began performing at the age of 18, and soon began to gain spots at folk clubs and festivals. Sarah Bennett grew up visiting folk clubs and festivals, but didn’t pick up an instrument until she was 15 years old. Together, they are mesmerising.