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13 September 2002


I'm pleased to be able to announce that the Folk and Acoustic Roots music is back centre stage at Southport Arts Centre, with as strong a line-up of artists as we have seen here for many a year. So strong in fact that we are sure that many of you will want to attend all four of the concerts this season - that's why we're making available a Season Booker Special Offer - book for all four events in this season and you only pay for three.

Eliza Carthy tops and tails our season, opening with a intimate, Studio 1 performance with her all - acoustic band and returning as part of an astounding English Roots line-up on the main stage.

Friday 27 September, 8pm, Studio 1 Club-style ELIZA CARTHT BAND
Tickets: £8 (£6 concessions)

At the age of 26, Eliza Carthy already has a track record behind her that would be the envy of most artists twice her age… Critically acclaimed solo albums - including the mercury nominated red rice, two realises with fellow fiddle player Nancy Kerr and, of course, albums with her pare rents, Martin Carthy and Norma Waterson, as Waterson: Carthy. Add to that years of extensive touring and collaborations artists as diverse as Bryan Ferry, The Oyster band, Van Dyke Parks, Billy Bragg, Joan Baez and, most recently, Roger McGuin and Linda Thompson… Eliza is singing and fiddle sensation and here she'll be returning to what she loves most - playing traditional music with a group of equally skilled musicians. Joining Eliza for this concert will be Ben Ivitsky (fiddle & guitar), Martin Green (accordion & Keyboards) and Barnaby Stradling (acoustic bass).

Thursday 17 October, 8pm, Studio 1 Club-style COLIN REID TRIO
Tickets: £8 (£6 concessions)

The Colin Reid Trio features Colin on guitar, Becky Joslin on cello and Oleg Ponomerev on violin - a uniquely beautiful combination that together make music that draws on jazz, folk, blues and classical but ultimately defies categorization.
The release in 1999 of Colin Reid's eponymous album signalled the arrival of a major new acoustic guitarist "a huge new talent", said Andy Gill in The Independent. It also marked considerable addition to the many outstanding acoustic guitarists Britain & Ireland have already produced over the past 30 years (most notably Bert Jansch, John renbourn, Davy Graham, Dick Gaughan, Nic Jones, Martin Carthy, Tony McManus, Artie McGlynn…). Bert Jansch himself acknowledges Colin as one to worthy to be mentioned in the same breathe as these greats - "Colin reminds me of myself and John Renbourn fused together".
In 1999 Colin was nominated with Davy Splillane, Jim Corr and the Edge as "Best Irish Musician"(Colin is from Belfast) and this year he was nominated in the categories of "Best Instrumentalist" at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Major festival appearances at Cambridge, Sid mouth, London Fleadh and Galway 

Friday 22 November, 8pm, New Cambridge TheatreKATE RUSBY TRIO
Tickets £12 (£10 concessions)

There are limits to the written word and when it comes to describing the voice of Kate Rusby those limits become obvious! What can I say, except that if you've heard the voice you won't need further persuading and if you haven't…well you really should! You can be impressed by accolades such as BBC Folk Singer of the year 2000 and one of the top ten 'folk voices of the century', but, above all listening to Kate Rusby is a deeply personal and emotional experience, such is the warmth and intimacy in her voice. She is 'pure' folk singer with an instinctive appreciation for the tradition but she is also an entertainer - young, colourful, and outrageously talented. Despite all this Kate retains a charming wide eyed wonder about it all; asked why even people who claim to hate folk music love Kate Rusby, she answers coyly in that endearing Barnsley accent, "Nooo, don't know why it is, I've no idea what people like about me. Kate Rusby Trio are John McCusker (fiddle), Formerly of the Battlefield band, and Andy Cutting (diatonic accordion), Formerly with folk innovates Blowzabella and part of a highly respected duo with Chris Wood (see next event)

Saturday December 7, 8pm, New Cambridge Theatre ENGLISH ROOTS featuring Waterson: Carthy, Chris Wood, Robert Harbron and dog Rose. Tickets £10 (£8 concessions)

What a line up! As the old adage goes, you get your money's worth in the first 15 minutes and the rest is free! A grand celebration of the English tradition and a fitting final for our season.
Waterson:- Carthy features Martin Carthy, Norma Waterson, Eliza Carthy and Tim van Eyken. For the past 40 years Martin Carthy has been the most influential folk musician in Britain and was awarded an MBE for his services to music. Norma ~Waterson has been equally prominently over the that period, both as a member of the seminal Waterson and as a distinctive solo voice. Tim van Eyken, and multi-instr4umentalist, was the first winner of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award in 1998. And Eliza Carthy, I think you know already…

Chris wood is a fine fiddle player and singer who has long championed the cause of English music and 
Robert Harbron is, probably, the foremost concertina player f is generation.
Dog Rose are something else! 

A young Cotswold Morris dance team who will blow any prejudices clean away. Effete hanky waving by men with pewter tankards and beards? Forget it, this lot have been described as "sex on legs" I know what your thinking- pull the other one, its got bells on it - but they have to be seen.
A rare opportunity indeed to catch such a gathering of talent on pone stage: this is the event, in the biggest sense of the word. 

Snakes Rattle and Roll!
Virtuoso Blues harmonica man, Paul Lamb, and his band, the Kingsnakes will be blowing up a storm at the Southport Arts Centre this Saturday night. Paul Lamb and the Kingsnakes play a soulful brand of Rhythm 'n' Blues…. With attitude! Probably the brightest sparks of the electric blues scene over the past 10 years, this multi award-winning band blend their wealth of experience that few bands the world over can hold a candle to.

This is the first in a series of monthly Saturday night Blues and R 'n' B gigs at the Arts Centre featuring in coming months Big Bill Morganfield (son of Blues legend, Muddy Waters). The Hamsters and Otis Grand & his Big Blues Band. Blues fans can take advantage of a special offer that allows them to book for all four events and get one free.

Paul Lamb and the Kingsnakes, Southport Arts Centre, Saturday 14th September, doors open 8pm. Tickets £8 (£6 concessions)

Carol Ann Duffy back at the Arts Centre
Leading poet Carol Ann Duffy returns to Southport Arts Centre next week to follow up a sell out performance in February. She will be reading, amongst others, poems from her newly published collection, feminine Gospels. Duffy has won virtually every award going and this year was awarded a CBE for her achievements. Her last book, The World's Wife, won her a huge new following, selling 35,000 copies.

Thursday 19th September, Southport Arts Centre, Tickets £6 (£5 concessions) from the Box Office (01704 540011).

An evening with author Micheal Grey
Saturday 28 September 8pm.  Studio 1. Tickets:- 38 (£6 concessions)

A video-and-audio illustrated talk by the acknowledged would authorities on Dylan's work and the writer of massive classic work on the subject.

Micheal Grey's book 'sound and dance Man III: The art of bob Dylan' has earned exceptional reviews. Called 'magnificent' (record collector), 'overwhelming' (The times), 'endlessly illuminating' (rolling stone) and 'essential' (folk roots), poet Laureate Andrew Morton picked it as one of the best three books of the year 2000. It gained 5star reviews in Q and Uncut; Grail Marcus admired 'Grey's reach, tone and acuity', and Christopher Rick has called his work 'wonderfully comic and serious and sharp'.

Micheal greys talks are always, lonely, witty and acute, mixing surprising slices of music and rare video footage with toughly entertaining, fresh account of music history and Dylan's part in it. A freelance critic, writer and broad caster, Micheal grey's work has been published in Literary review, the Independent, The guardian, the Observer, the times, Rolling Stone and many other journals.

More paradise for Song & dance Man III….

"The third (and allegedly final) edition of Michele's pioneering tome runs to a colossal 900 pages and confirms once again grey's potion as the doyen of Dylan scholars… even in its initial modest form, [it] was profoundly significant…a revelation…. thrilling… his book invented a new school of rock criticism which made most of the writing that had gone before seem superficial, irrelevant and trivial…. the third edition of Grey's lie time study displays and almost insane degree so scholarship…quite dazzlingly brilliant… an intellectual tour de force… any one who is remotely curious about Dylan's extraordinary imagination will find Gary's work an essential companion*****"Uncut, February 2000

"This Major update of seminal work deserves to be read and studied by anyone with even the slightest interest in song lyrics and it's essential as a storehouse of knowledge on folk, country and blues records." Folk Roots, March 2000

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