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Great Folk Gigs Coming to Bury

Heading up a feast of great folk gigs, Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham, return to the Apex on Monday 18 March . Aly Bain is often regarded as Scotland’s supreme fiddler and Phil Cunningham is a world-famous accordion player, once nominated by The Scotsman as one of “ Scotland’s most influential people ”, together they have won the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo. Having toured together since 1986, Aly and Phil continue to charm audiences with their humorous banter and tunes that tug the heartstrings, alongside joyous reels and melodies.

Former singer of Clannad, Moya Brennan will perform on Thursday 21 March. Moya’s career to date includes twenty-five albums and numerous film scores – most notably The Last of the Mohicans and King Arthur. She has sung with many great artists, including The Chieftains, Robert Plant, Shane McGowan and Bono who stated recently, “I think she has one of the greatest voices the human ear has ever experienced“.

On Monday 25 March, you can see Home Service, who originally formed in 1981 from members of the Albion Band. During its relatively short life in the mid-eighties, Home Service produced three albums and headlined at major festivals, including Cambridge and Cropredy, and provided music for Bill Bryden’s production of The Mysteries trilogy at the National Theatre. A brief comeback saw them win Best Live Act at the 2012 Radio 2 Folk Awards.

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After another period of inactivity, Home Service made a triumphant return to the stage in 2022, with a powerful and emotional performance at Cropredy Festival. Now, with new lead singer Bob Fox (‘Songman’ in the West End production of War Horse), the band is back to full strength and raring to tread the boards once more, leading R2 Magazine to state, “ The brass play like the Devil’s own pit-band, the rhythm section lay down an immovable foundation and Graeme Taylor’s guitar can strip paint ”!

Looking further ahead, “Britain’s fiddling supergroup” (Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2), Feast of Fiddles play the Apex on Tuesday 23 April, as part of their 30th anniversary tour. The following month sees Yorkshire lass, Kate Rusby making a welcome return on Tuesday 14 May. Named as one of the Top Ten Folk Voices of the Century, Kate is a Mercury Prize Winner and six-times winner of a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award.

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