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Mick Ryan's 'Here at the Fair'

Mick Ryan's new folk-musical ‘HERE AT THE FAIR’, explores the lives of travelling show people. Featuring twenty-one new songs and highly regarded performers on the folk scene with Geoff Lakeman, Pete Morton, Granny's Attic, Heather Bradford, and Mick himself.

'Here At The Fair' is set in 1850, a time of great social and political upheaval. Partly inspired by characters in Dickens' 'Nicholas Nickleby' and Charlie Chaplin's 'Limelight', we meet veteran actor Vincent Crummles and his dancer daughter Ninetta ('The Infant Phenomenon'), a clown, a quack doctor, a fortune teller, and a ballad seller and a flea circus presenter.

Behind the face each presents to the world is a back story which unfolds during the show to address the issue of the relevance of the lives they lead and the 'mere escapism' they offer the public.

About the show's writer, Mick Ryan

Mick has been singing and writing songs in traditional style since he was sixteen.

In the 1980s he wrote both comic and serious material for popular band Crows, and his stage musical The Guest House co-written with fellow ‘Crow’ Steven Faux, was runner-up for the Vivien Ellis Prize.

Since the 1990s he has written a series of highly successful folk musicals: A Tolpuddle Man (with Graham Moore), A Day's Work, The Voyage, Tanks for the Memory, and The Navvy's Wife, all have been enthusiastically received on the folk scene and beyond.

The reviews say it all: 'Mick Ryan's words and music are superb' (Folk on Tap); 'Wonderful songs' (South Tipp Today), 'Positively oozes skill and professionalism' (Folk North West).

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