October 10, 2008
‘Water’ on the Boil for a Big Band Gig ; Folk
By PETE WILLOW
AWARD-WINNING band Uiscedwr launches a new run of Nuneaton folk concerts on Sunday night.
Superb Welsh fiddle player and singer Anna Esslemont, Irish bodhran and percussion wizard Cormac Byrne and guitarist James Hickman appear in the town's Queens Hall on Queens Road with accordion virtuoso Karen Tweed as the newest member of the all- starline-up.
Taking their name from the Irish and Welsh word for water, the original band formed by Anna and Cormac exploded on to the folk scene five years ago, winning the BBC Young Folk Award and bringing the house down at the Cambridge Folk Festival.
Their rise to stardom was interrupted in 2005 when Anna was diagnosed with aplastic anaemia, leading to a horrendous year of hospital visits, blood transfusions and a bone marrow transplant.
The treatment was successful and Anna set about putting her life - and Uiscedwr - back together.
Since then they've toured with different line-ups, with Coventry's ace guitarist Kev Dempsey working with them until last January. The Uiscedwr Big Band also made its impressive debut appearance this year at the Celtic Connections festival with KarenTweed, trumpet-player Neil Yates, Nick Waldock on bass and Dylan Bible on guitar and mandolin.
The Big Band line-up appears tonight at the Banbury Folk Festival while the quartet includes Nuneaton in a number of English gigs between now and Christmas. Sunday's show starts at 8pm.
Details 024 7634 7402.
WARWICK Folk Club's oneoff Wednesday show brings the powerful trio of Nancy Kerr, James Fagan and Robert Harbron to the Warwick Arms Hotel.
Fiddle ace Nancy and guitarbouzouki expert James have picked up two BBC folk awards.
Robert's skill on English concertina and guitar is well-known through his work with Dr Faustus and the English Acoustic Collective.
Wednesday's show starts at 8pm. Ticket details 01926 403228.
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