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Warwickshire folk-rock stars to light up the Albany


Meet On The Ledge, CVFolk at the Albany Theatre Studio, Coventry, Sunday, Nov 14.

By Pete Willow

Celebrated Warwickshire folk-rock band, Meet On The Ledge, have a significant birthday on the horizon - their 30th anniversary.

Guitarists Ron Homes and Allen Maslen decided in 1992 to start out as a ‘folksy duo’ – a side project to their membership of rock band Thud And Blunder.

Al recalls: ‘We didn’t bother with a name until we saw ourselves advertised as Big Ron & Al With the Long Hair. We chose the name Meet On The Ledge that very same day!’

That was the title of Fairport Convention’s 1969 hit single, but they were much more than a ‘Fairport tribute’ act. Playing traditional material in classic rock style plus an impressive catalogue of self-penned songs, they graduated from backroom venues to Birmingham’s Symphony Hall in 10 years. Among their most popular songs is The Mary Stanford of Rye, written by Al to commemorate the 1928 Sussex lifeboat disaster which cost the lives of the entire 15-strong crew. Many artists have covered the ballad, most recently, renowned American folk duo William Pint & Felicia Dale.

One of the early MOTL line-ups included Thud and Blunder drummer, Paul Johnson, who also played for Coventry’s chart-topping band King.

Sunday’s show features a line-up of Ron, Al and keyboard player Steve Bird who played in the 1960s and 70s for pop legends Eden Kane, Don Fardon and Marty Wilde. Steve first met Al Maslen during a theatrical production of Treasure Island in 1993; Steve was musical director and Al (with the long hair!) played Long John Silver.

Sunday’s music starts at 7.30pm with a short acoustic set from compere and popular singer and guitarist Dave Fry.

Tickets are £11 bookable at the Box Office on 024 7699 8964 or online: https://albanytheatre.co.uk/box-office.

You can find more details of this and other CVFolk events on www.cvfolk.com – which currently includes a home page video of MOTL’s powerful take on the folk-rock classic Matty Groves.