Scottish singer/songwriter Paul McKenna plays Ropery Hall

Scotland’s Paul McKenna, who is appearing at Ropery Hall on Friday (Feb 14) has long been ranked among that country’s finest younger singers and songwriters.

Armed with a powerful yet intensely emotive voice and passionate social conscience, often expressed through his songs, he and his band draw on both Scottish and Irish roots.

“Paul and his band have been touring since 2006 and sharing their love of traditional and folk music as well as original songs and tunes,” said Liz Bennet of The Ropewalk.

“They play a dynamic, full-bodied array of original and traditional material, along with songs by like-minded singer/songwriters including Peggy Seeger, Alistair Hulett and Jim Reid,” she went on. “With a contemporary approach to songs, although not straying too far from their roots, their arrangements are both fresh and innovative.”

The band’s exciting sound is created through outstanding vocals, driving guitar and bouzouki, intense fiddle playing, a warm pairing of flute and whistles and dynamic bodhrán and percussion.

Tickets to see the band cost £14 in advance or £16 on the door and can be bought online at www.roperyhall.co.uk, by telephoning 01652 660380 or in person at The Ropewalk’s Craft Gallery.

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Together, Snake Davis and Frank Birkbeck create a musical synergy that is simply magical. Their powerful collaboration blends Snake’s soulful saxophone melodies with Frank’s exceptional guitar artistry, resulting in a mesmerizing fusion of jazz and pure musical brilliance. This is a rare opportunity to witness three virtuosic musicians sharing the stage, weaving their musical tapestry and creating an unforgettable experience.

The pair will be joined by Andy Tytherleigh on double bass. Andy is constantly busy- touring and recording over 30 albums as solo artist (Hed Kandi, Art of Chill) and as guest player, ranging from jazz to folk to electronica working with a vast array of artist including Grammy Nominated Zoe Johnston.

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Snake Davis Solo

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Relaxed and intimate, questions are encouraged. 

Part 2 ‘My greatest hits’ 

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Tonight he’ll perform some of his best known sax solos, including Take That’s ‘Million Love Songs’, M-People’s ‘Moving on up’ + ‘Search for the Hero’, Lisa Stansfield’s ‘Change’ Klingandes ‘Jubel’ Faul ‘Changes’ and the theme tune from ’The Office’. He’ll play them in context and give us a few words on how they came about.

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Having toured in dozens of venus all across Britain and extensively in Europe with his trio ‘The Alex Hamilton Band’, he has regularly sold out theatres and music clubs across the globe, gaining a following of musicians and music fans alike. In the last ten years Alex has been fortunate enough to share stages with some of the best musicians in his genre including Carl Verheyen, Anysley Lister, Henrik Freishlader and King King.​​

With multiple award winning albums, a strong fanbase, growing online presence, endorsements form some notable manufactures and continuous radio play across the world Alex Hamilton’s music is starting to be heard. 

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Jim Causley and Miranda Sykes

Jim Causley and Miranda Sykes present – Ghosts, Werewolves and Countryfolk – the songs and stories of Sabine Baring-Gould

Six-time BBC Folk Award nominee Jim Causley and Miranda Sykes of award-winning Show of Hands and Daphne’s Flight, join narrator John Palmer to celebrate the centenary of the death of Victorian superstar the Rev Sabine Baring-Gould, interweaving songs he collected with stories from his best-selling books about Ghosts, Werewolves; Norse Myths and Countryfolk.

Sabine Baring-Gould inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Sherlock Holme’s Hound and Bernard Shaw’s Doolittle. He brought Ghostly Aunt Eliza, wretched heroine Mehalah and Norse hero Grettir to life. He mentored folk song collector Cecil Sharp – and wrote Onward Christian Soldiers.

Jim has been a long-term admirer of Baring-Gould and includes many of his songs in his popular shows based on songs of Dartmoor.

“It’s fascinating to see how many songs he collected found their way into his Dartmoor books.  It’s also quite eerie to see how many other songs fit the mood of his books on ghosts, werewolves, myths and his classic Gothic novels”, he said.

Miranda added: “We’re really excited about having found a unique and enjoyable way of bringing all of his work together in a show which we think will engage audiences and leave them fascinated and entertained.”

John Palmer said: “It’s surprising that someone who was such a prominent public figure in his day has almost disappeared today. We hope that this show will introduce many more people to Sabine and restore some of the credit he deserves”.

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