Two ladies of folk come to Ropery Hall

Two ladies of folk are appearing at Barton upon Humber’s Ropery Hall in quick succession.

First up is Josie Duncan, a folk singer and songwriter from the Outer Hebrides, appearing at the Maltkiln Road venue as part of the monthly Folk Nights.

Steeped in Gaelic tradition from a young age and now deeply immersed in the vibrant Glasgow music scene, she has performed all over Europe to rapt audiences since graduating from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

“Josie was awarded BBC Radio 2’s Young Folk Award in 2017 alongside guitarist Pablo Lafuente. Since then she has appeared on main stages of festivals all over the country,” said Liz Bennet of The Ropewalk. “Her singing effortlessly bridges the gap between Scotland’s traditional music and the adventurous tastes of its young inhabitants.”

Her solo show encompasses all her influences and distils them into a captivating mixture of loops, ethereal airs, original songs and intimate accompaniment. Unburdened by genre, this spellbinding set is guaranteed to leave audiences rapt.

Last year Rowan appeared at Ropery Hall in the hugely successful touring folk opera “Rouse Ye Women”, written by folk musician, John Kirkpatrick and playwright, Neil Gore, former Oysterband and Levellers collaborator. Now she returns with the Rowan Godel Trio featuring multi instrumentalists, Benji Kirkpatrick (Bellowhead, Faustus, The Transports) and Tim Cotterell (Martha Tilston, Nick Burbridge).

Singer-songwriter Rowan appears just days before the release of her long-awaited debut album, Where The Wild Horses Roam, on March 16. Known for working with traditional song, and creating her own fresh and unique sound she has recorded and toured with a number of highly regarded artists on the UK folk scene, such as folk rock legends the Levellers and Oysterband.

Josie will be on stage on Saturday, February 29, with the Rowan Godel Trio appearing on Friday, March 13. Full details, including ticket prices, can be found at www.roperyhall.co.uk

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