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Keith Kendrick & Sylvia Needham

Keith and Sylvia sing a wide variety of English traditional and traditionally influenced contemporary songs, (specialising but, not exclusively, in maritime songs and sea shanties) and work extensively all over the UK, Europe and all over the world performing in Folk Clubs, Village Halls, Arts Centres, house concerts, at Folk Festival, Arts Festivals, Maritime Festivals.

As soloists, both have a very wide ranging repertoire. Their strong voices and uncannily compatible and complimentary styles of delivery, afford an exciting enhancement in duo and between them they produce a striking acapella harmony sound revered by many. Keith and Sylvia also frequently accompany themselves and play lively dance tunes on three different systems of the only English invented musical instrument - the Concertina. They are also very capable and experienced workshop leaders on those instruments and a variety of other folk skills such as: part singing from two to a full choir, sea songs & shanties, dance music and song accompaniment.

Media comments
‘ ...breathtaking harmony work that leaves the listener gasping.’
Jane Kremer and Dave Thomas - The Folk Mag


‘…Once I courted a Damsel, derived from a fragment of Joseph Taylors singing, is Keith and Sylvia at their very best - unaccompanied, well thought out and together in splendid harmony, a model of how to sing a traditional English song.’
Pete Wood - EDS


‘...Sally Free and Easy deserves a special mention. Keith sings this song in harmony with Sylvia Needham. Their voices blend and compliment each others, capturing the anger and despair of this Cyril Tawney song to perfection. It is unquestionably, the best interpretation that I have ever heard of this song.’
Ken Hinchliffe - What’s Afoot

Website: www.facebook.com/pages/KendrickNeedham

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