Sarah Dean and Paula Ryan - 26th February 2018 Sarah has been writing her own music and 'noodling' for years on various instruments, but only since 2007 has Sarah finally pulled all the years of performance as a singer and hours of practice together, to go solo and write and perform her own songs. Musings on happy dogs, cloudwatching, life, the world and the universe, to name but a few topics! Living in the heart of the Yorkshire countryside and surrounded by nature has inspired her songwriting. Songs about real people and events are also featured. 'I am a Farming Man' has become one of Sarah's most popular songs, mainly because it tells the story of real life and history. Likewise the east coast fishing song 'The Flither Girls' notates a time and feeling long lost, documenting for another generation perhaps a language and history now being forgotten. 'Happy Dog' connects to all dog lovers in the audience and many a hug has been had after a show as we think of our faithful companions!
But it is the Celtic Harp that allows Sarah to create rich textures and atmospheres to the words and meaning of a song, taking listeners to another place with its magical and mesmeric soundscapes. Peppered amongst her own self-penned songs are some surprising contemporary covers (the bluesy Man In The Long Black Coat, Pink Floyds' atmospheric Grantchester Meadows, Walking On The Moon by The Police etc) and beautifully arranged traditional folk songs. 20 years of performing have given Sarah a relaxed and easy stage presence, audiences are treated to amusing anecdotes and the inevitable growing collection of dog jokes sent in to her by her growing base of fans!
Paula is a compelling singer and songwriter, born and bred in Tipperary, Ireland, whose powerful insightful songs are inspired by the lyricism and musical passion of her Irish Gaelic roots and driven by the funky rhythmic influences and “WACKY” instruments of music from other cultures. To accompany her songs, Paula plays Marimba/Tongue Drum, Guitar and a variety of percussion instruments including Bodhran, Djembe and Darabuka.
Paula and Sarah have spent many years singing as part of the band, Soundsphere.
Jez Lowe- 9th April 2019 In 2015 Jez Lowe received a double nomination in the 2015 BBC Folk Awards for best folk singer and best new song. He is one of the busiest I've performers in the country and his sons are amongst the most widely sung by other performers.
Jez has his own long-established band, The Bad Pennies, and his other collaborations are with The Pitmen Poets, The Bronzes, Men at Words and Steve Tilston.
Jez has written his first novel, The Dillen Doll, with an accompanying CD featuring a "suite" of traditional songs inspired by the story within it. He returns here to the folk music of his native North East England.
Find out more about Jez Lowe's itinerary for 2018 and 2019 at www.jezlowe.com and book early for his concert at Bridlington Folk Club by purchasing tickets from the Club Chairperson: Dave Richardson: firstname.lastname@example.org or at the club on Tuesday club nights. Entry by Ticket Only, purchased in advance.
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