It's no sacrifice for Saxon to make a return trip
With a storming new stomp in their boots and a renewed, lithe swagger to their legendary sound, veteran rockers Saxon release their 20th album Sacrifice in February.
In May they will be taking it on the road, and making a special trip to the Princess Pavilion in Falmouth as part of their UK and European tour. Their last show at the venue was a surprise highlight of Cornwall's musical calendar in 2010, and the band were keen to return to play the hits, as well as showcase their latest compositions.
On Sacrifice Saxon have produced ten of their strongest, heaviest and most inspired songs for many-a-year, creating worthy successor to their last long player A Call to Arms.
"Less tricks, more power!" roars frontman and founding father Biff Byford. "My brief to the band was to be raw, be real and not be afraid to look back at the old classic material for inspiration."
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Saxon play the Princess Pavilion, Falmouth in Monday, May 6. Tickets are available from See Tickets 0871 2200260 www.seetickets.com or from Princess Pavilion box office on 01326 211222.
Nicky builds on solo skills airing songs old and new
Rootsy folk singer Nicky Swann draws inspiration from the history and landscape of her home county of Devon. Formerly the singer in a longstanding covers duo, over the past six years she has been developing her guitar skills – beyond their previous three-chord repertoire – and her songwriting to sail solo.
She has slowly, but surely, been making her mark on the Westcountry scene in her own contemporary style. A regular collaborator with Phil Beer, she won the Best Acoustic Act Award at the 2011 South West Music Awards. Her recently-released second album, How Does Your Land Lie? is a collection of 11 original songs inspired by the history of Newton Abbot, where she lives.
Nicky Swann plays in the Gallery Bar at the Old Chapel, Calstock (01822 833183) on Friday, January 18 at 8.30pm, and the village hall at Kings Nympton, North Devon on Saturday, January 26.
Letting the legacy of the legendary Dubliners live on
They may not be the original Dubliners, but Sean Cannon and Eamonn Campbell were part of the legendary Irish band for many years, and Patsy Watchorn was in the line-up for the past decade. Following the recent death of founding member "Banjo" Barney McKenna and the retirement of John Sheahan after half a century on the road, the trio are continuing the Dubliners' live legacy under their own names, with the addition of banjo virtuoso Gerry OConnor.
Cannon, Campbell, Watchorn and O'Connor perform at Hall for Cornwall, Truro on March 19.