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11th - 18th August 2017
PAUL DOWNES has a sensitive, yet fun approach to live performances which puts him among the most respected artists on the British acoustic music scene today. He has been introduced (to his embarrassment) as one of the greatest acoustic guitarist in the world. It is easy to see why when you see the dazzling array of styles he performs with effortless brilliance, but, at the same time, considers himself a singer of songs rather than a guitar technician.
Paul has a rich musical background that has progressed through working with Phil Beer, The Arizona Smoke Revue, Pete Seeger and, currently, The Joyce Gang. Nine albums with bands, four highly acclaimed solo albums and over two hundred session credits have still left time for Paul to tour every concert venue, theatre and festival in Britain (including two appearances at the Royal Albert Hall with Show of Hands); plus many tours in the USA and Europe.
MICK RYAN is well known on the folk scene as a fine singer of traditional and original songs He was described by "Folk Roots" as 'definitely the most underrated singer in the country.' Having written both comic and serious material for the very poular band "Crows" in the 1980's, he has since written for radio and a series of highly successful folk musicals: 'A Tollpuddle Man' (with Graham Moore); 'A Day's Work' ; 'The Voyage'; 'Tanks for the Memory' and, recently, 'The Navvy's Wife.'
The reviews say it all: 'Mick Ryan's words and music are superb' ("Folk on Tap"); 'wonderful songs' ("South Tipp Today").
Together they offer singing, music and entertainment of the very highest quality.
Paul Downes & Mick Ryan
With: Harp and a Monkey & Peter Collins
12th Aug 2017 at 8:00pm
|Tickets: £10 Event tickets on sale to Friends of Folk Week from 1st February; on general sale from 1st May|