A GIFTED acoustic duo is launching the annual Northwich Folk's Fortnight.

Dave Ellis and Boo Howard will be performing at the Harlequin Theatre on Queen Street at 8.30pm on Friday, September 13.

The pair will also lead a songwriting workshop at Lion Salt Works at Marston the following morning at 11am.

Dave began his career in the 70s when he left Liverpool and headed to London with his guitar.

Pete Thompson, from Northwich Folk Club, said: "Dave released a solo album in 1973 which was perceived as a classic acoustic guitar record of its time.

"This led to touring with his hero Bert Jansch. Dave became a regular solo performer at well-known London venues such as the Marquee, the Roundhouse and the Lyceum.

"He was listed as one of the six best guitarists in the world' by Melody Maker."

Dave then formed an electric band called The Reactors.

Boo joined on bass and vocals and the pair became a solid songwriting team.

They were signed to The Police’s management company and recorded with various producers.

In the early 2000s Dave and Boo developed an acoustic act which returned them to their folk club roots.

Pete added: "Their debut album as a duo, Maybe I Might Fall, was critically acclaimed and featured a simple acoustic performance.

"Several albums have been recorded since then, from 2002’s Amber through to Facebook Friend in 2015.

"The songs are intelligently constructed, elegantly articulated and never less than entertaining, drawing on influences from both the folk world and the rock scene they were involved in for so long. The songs are at the heart of it all, served by imaginative and stylish arrangements and by the singing and playing of two seasoned, wholly in-tune musicians."

Dave and Boo will be supported by local singer songwriter Rich Clough and the evening will be hosted by Pete.

Tickets priced £8 or £6 for club members are available from danarts.org.uk where tickets for the Saturday workshop, priced £10 are also available.

Describing the workshop, Dave and Boo said: " We'll do our best to give some worthwhile hints about constructing songs and how to start writing them from our perspective."

Dave has been writing various types of songs for more than 50 years and Boo has contributed some of the most popular songs to their repertoire.

The next concert in the Folk Fortnight is a joint promotion at the Lion Salt Works with the Salt Works Sessions on Friday, September 20 favourites Merry Hell supported by a new line up from Northwich Folk Club called “Limited Edition” singing multi-part harmony songs.

This concert has already sold out.

The final event will be a special singers’ night at the Harlequin Theatre bar on Friday, September 27. The night will be themed on singer songwriter songs. Either songs written by contributors or singer songwriter songs which members most admire. Admission is £3 and doors open at 8pm. All are welcome.