A HOST of acts are heading to mid Cheshire this month to take part in Northwich Folk Club's 'Folk Fornight'.
From now until September 30, the club, based at the Harlequin Theatre, is presenting its September Folk Fortnight, with the theme being 'Celtic Music'.
This year’s theme is Celtic Music.
Friday, September 16 saw a Celtic singers’ night at the Harlequin Theatre with plenty of songs, tunes and rhymes from the six celtic nations Brittany, Cornwall, Wales, Ireland, Isle of Man and Scotland.
On Friday, September 23, Northwich Folk Club’s guests are The Saltcutters, who are a traditional Liverpool Irish dance band with a typically scouse American influence.
Saltcutters initially came together as ‘The Bog Standards’ in Liverpool, early 2014.
Flautist Nick Branton and Guitarist Simon Knighton met with Fiddler Mikey Kenney in the basement beneath Mello Mello Jazz Café to play Irish tunes.
Kenney was hosting a weekly Irish seisún at Liverpool’s well-known Caledonia pub and it would soon launch the newly-formed trio headfirst into prominence and popularity with especial thanks to their passionate performances during the Liverpool Irish Festival that year.
Their fast-growing reputation would be further bolstered by appearances on BBC Radio Merseyside and regular residencies across Liverpool.
By 2015, the three lads were a well established and sought-after act but they were still searching for something more. Kenney had been bringing original tunes to the table and the three wanted to arrange and orchestrate but hadn’t the space between their parts.
Three must become Four for that.
Then, bang on cue, Evelyn Broderick and her flute appeared at the Caledonia seisún and was instantly recruited.
Now, their arrangements are sounding huge and complex and their rhythm pounds harder than ever. It’s going to be a lively night.
Supporting the Saltcutters are Chris Kelly and John Marshall who are regulars at the Maghull Folk Club and play under the name Tippin It Up.
They play mostly traditional music but mixed in with contemporary and self penned songs on guitar, mandolin and bouzouki.
Your host for the evening is Dave Ball. Tickets which are priced at £8 or £6 for members are available in advance from DAN danarts.co.uk, Northwich Art Shop, 111 Witton Street or on the door on the night.
Under 21s are half price.
Ticket inquiries to Brenda Yates on 01565 733197. Doors open at 8pm for an 8.30pm start.
Also watch out for Colum Sands at the Harlequin on September 30.