Intimate hall hosts an acclaimed folk maverick
Maverick musician Jim Moray has immersed himself in music of all genres, but it is his own, highly acclaimed and unique brand of folk that rises to the surface. There is a chance to witness what all the fuss is about when Jim headlines the Devoran Acoustic Sessions on Saturday, March 16.
A regular series of concerts held in the village hall of this Cornish community near Truro, the sessions manage to cherry-pick some of the best artists from the contemporary acoustic scene for their intimate stage. Jim – whose sister Jackie Oates is also a shining light of the folk world – recently won the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Traditional Track for his version of Lord Douglas; he was also nominated for Best Album for his fourth LP Skulk – and Best Folk Singer. His first album, Sweet England, won that title back in 2004, when he was also chosen for the Horizon Award for Best Newcomer. In between Jim has released three more albums, as well as producing a host of other artists at his Bristol studio.
At Devoran he will be supported by Cornish father-and-daughter acoustic duo Palmer. Tom Palmer has teamed up with his singer and guitarist daughter Holly Vivian.
Tickets are available from the Hall for Cornwall box office.
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Dan brings his global banjo sounds to a cafe near you
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