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Long Awaited Folk Show Comes to the Albany

News from CVFolk

By Pete Willow

Coming to the Albany Theatre Studio this Sunday (9 June) we have – at last, the highly celebrated and contemporary folk, Americana and roots duo Tu-Kay and Ryan.

They were due to appear in January but had to pull out at short notice because of illness. The good news is that the whole show planned for January – complete with the two support acts, acclaimed singer-songwriter from Stratford Katherine Abbott, and popular and innovative Coventry duo Yonderland featuring Paul Monks and Jane Moss – is still on along with yours truly to act as MC.

Ash Tu-kay & Rebecca Ryan notched up a total of 97 gigs last year from Dorset to Doncaster, and their amazing harmonies and brilliantly crafted songs have won them many friends on the club and festival circuit. Optimists at heart, their songs encourage a positive outlook on life, even when things may be tough - something we all need!

Admission is free and there will be the usual interval caddy collection, so do come in your coachloads and be ready to give generously. The music starts 7.30pm and runs until around 10pm.

Karen Killeen-Jones. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Looking ahead to Sunday 14 July CVFolk will be presenting another of their ‘Six of the Best’ nights with music from a choice selection of top-quality artists from the region. The line-up consists of: Adam Cooney, Bob Wilkinson, Squire-Gillespie, Nowhere Club, Willow and Tool Band and Karen Killeen Jones of KC Jones. 

Karen is currently touring material from her new solo EP, A Woman’s Work featuring six songs about women – two traditional and four self-penned – with Karen providing all voices and instruments on the recording produced by Mick Bisiker.

Also at the Albany Theatre, the CVFolk Freshers workshops continue on the first Saturday morning of each month and are delighted to welcome back the amazing Lauren South on 7 July, presenting another one of her fiddle workshops for beginners - or if you went to the last one, for progressors as well. 

Lauren South. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Those who attended in March will testify that it turned into a very happy and fun event. Take your own fiddle if you can, although there will be a small number of instruments available to borrow. It starts at the earlier time of 11am and Lauren will get you playing by the time the session ends at around 1pm. And yes, the date coincides with the Godiva Festival but there will still be time to head through Earlsdon to the War Memorial Park if that’s also your thing.


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