Folk singer and dad head up autumn gigs at town hall
The autumn line-up of musicians due to perform at the upcoming Kirton Town Hall Live concerts has been announced.
The season will kick off on Sunday, October 14 with Blair Dunlop and a special guest – his father Ashley Hutchings.
Twenty-year-old Blair is tipped to be the next big thing on the contemporary UK folk scene.
Speaking about the gig, organiser Brian Chudley said: "This year has been a busy year for Blair. He took the helm of the newly reformed Albion Band, who released Vice of the People, to great acclaim. He has toured constantly through the year with The Albion Band and also as a solo artist appearing at many of this year's festivals, including the Cropredy Festival."
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Blair has also found time to record his first solo album, Blight and Blossom, which was released on October 1.
For his Town Hall Live concert, Blair will be accompanied by his father on bass guitar.
Mr Chudley said: "Ashley's biography includes band leader extraordinaire, multi-talented writer, bass guitar player, arranger and producer.
"He has also overseen many other projects, including live theatre.
"Ashley was a founder member of Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span and the original Albion Band. He is a true legend of the UK folk scene."
Support will come from Caistor duo Helian Keys.
Blair said: "I've been to Lincolnshire a few times, I have some friends who live here. The best thing about going on the road is catching up with my friends who are in different parts of the country, I'm able to invite them along when I perform nearby. Performing with my dad is awkward but good – it could be worse. It's natural and we're used to performing so it's all right. We talk about football when we're on the road so he keeps me company.
"As well as my solo stuff I perform with the Albion Band – I was with them when they performed in Scunthorpe.
"People who come to see me perform at Kirton Town Hall can expect some traditional and self-written songs, acoustic and a few instrumentals."
Later this year, two American singer/songwriters will also be appearing at the town hall.
On Friday, November 9 Rod Picott makes a welcome return to Kirton. He appeared earlier in the year as a member of the Amanda Shires Trio.
Support will come from Doncaster duo Rita Payne.
On Sunday, November 18 it will be the turn of Drew Nelson. Performing as a duo, he will play songs from his two most recent albums, Dust Road to Beulah and Tilt A Whirl.
Support will come from 17-year-old artist Skye, who played earlier in the year at The Hut People concert.
Doors open for the Blair gig at 6.30pm with music starting at 7pm.
Advance tickets cost £8 and can be obtained from the OneStop and Premier stores in Kirton, by ringing Brian on 01652 649230 or from www.wegottickets.com
To learn more about Blair's visit www.blairdunlop.com
To learn more about Rod and Drew, visit www.rodpicott.com or www.drewnelson.net