10-17 August   |   Broadstairs, Kent Buy Tickets Buy Programme

Phil Underwood and Nancy Potts

Canals of Old England is a new show written and performed by award winning folk musician and writer Phil Underwood on melodeon and concertina with acclaimed folk musician Nancy Potts on fiddle.

Dressed in colourful traditional canal costume they tell the story – through original music, poetry and narrative – of the Golden Age of the working people and their brightly painted horse drawn boats on the English canals. Plus a Kentish Hooden Horse!

It is based on solid research, real canal stories and the writer’s personal experiences as a boatman living on the canal.

Phil was trained for the stage by the War Horse production at the National Theatre and has been performing for over 40 years. He has played Broadstairs Folk Week several times as well as appearing on BBC Breakfast, Songs of Praise and Robson Green’s Tales of the Coast with the Fishwives Choir, and Wembley Arena with Bill Bailey.

Nancy toured Northern America with Morris Offspring and has performed at Sidmouth International Folk Festival, the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Festival Hall and the Royal Opera House.

Expect a lively, musical and heartfelt show which will make you laugh, cry, think – and sing along.

Dates appearing

Tuesday 14 August

2:30pm at Crampton Museum

Phil Underwood and Nancy Potts lead you along 'The Canals of Old England' in a new show of original music, poetry and narrative.

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