Brother duo Ben and Alfie up for Young Folk award
Ben and Alfie are an engagingly individual duo of five-string violin, double bass and harmonic voices who are the latest guests at the Silver Street Sessions. The Somerset duo will be performing at Wiveliscombe Congregational Church on Saturday, September 21, hot on the heels of the announcement of their place on the shortlist for the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award 2014.
Always pushing the boundaries of their own intimate sound, the brothers combine intricate music with powerful lyrics. Their complex rhythms and colourful harmonies are drawn from an eclectic range of influences including West-African, Latin and Eastern European traditions. As classically trained musicians they have obtained a clarity of sound that is rivalled only by their comfortable and commanding presence on stage. They achieve a fine balance of subtle musicianship with a raw and fiery energy that has consistently moved and delighted a wide variety of audiences.
They have performed as far afield as Spain and Senegal as well as some of the UK's most prominent venues and are fast becoming a sought-after act, having supported both Chris Wood and Seth Lakeman.
Human emotion defines pair's unique collaboration
Calstock Arts' outstanding folk season continues on Saturday, October 5 with a concert at the village's Old Chapel by O'Hooley & Tidow. Multi award-winning pianist Belinda O'Hooley, formerly of Rachel Unthank & The Winterset and now part of the Nic Jones Trio, is also a regular accompanist to Jackie Oates (and, as pictured above, captured in wool for the privilege – see story, right). Her collaboration with singer Heidi Tidow is one of the most acclaimed and unique acts on the contemporary folk scene. The duo's beautiful songs touch on every human emotion, drawing on love and loss, dark and humorous folk tales and everything from the invisibility of the elderly, through to ecology and the global economy. Their latest album is titled The Fragile. Visit calstockarts.org.