Festive Fundraiser 18th & 21st December
Concerts and Song Artists
The Albion Band
Albion Christmas is widely regarded as the premier seasonal show, which
has been touring for 20 years, and attracts sell-out audiences across
the UK. Indeed, many people say that their Christmas doesn’t start
until they have seen The Albion Christmas Show.
Featuring the combined talents of Simon Nicol (Fairport Convention),
Kellie While (Albion Band) Simon Care (Edward II) and the Guvnor
himself, Ashley Hutchings, this show takes you on a guided tour through
the Christmas customs of Britain.
Kellie While, Simon Care and Simon Nicol join founder of Fairport
Convention, Steeleye Span and The Albion Band, Ashley Hutchings on
stage, for an evening of traditional English Christmas music, dancing
Kellie takes time out from working with her mum, Chris While, for which
both the U.K. press and public alike have praised her. Folk enthusiasts
will know Kellie from her work with The Albion Band.. She received
personal praise from Ron Sexsmith for her beautiful version of his song
‘Riverbed’ on her album Tenacious, which put her on the map as a
Simon Care is currently working with Edward II and has always had a passion for Traditional English dance and song. Simon also works with Whapweasel, Tickled Pink and the Morris On Band.
Simon Nicol, founder member of Fairport finishes the line up to make
this a truly festive treat. He is regarded as one of the finest acoustic
guitarists in the world………His voice is pretty special too!
The Albion Christmas Show is a seasonal mixture of carols, spoken word,
humorous readings and dance. It really is the perfect way to start your
festivities. This year will see a collection of new material alongside
favorites from their back catalogue of Xmas albums.
With sell-out tours including venues such as Buxton Opera House, The New
Vic Stoke and The Sage, Gateshead, The Albion Xmas Show is a very
popular show appealing to all ages.
Described in the Guardian as “the perfect antidote to the corporate Christmas”, this is a show you must not miss!!!!!!
Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne (Melodeon, Anglo Concertina, Vocals), George Sansome (Guitar, Vocals) and Lewis Wood (Violin, Vocals) – are a folk trio who play the tradition with verve, energy and their own inimitable style. They are all exceptional musicians and fine singers and play English traditional and original music. Since 2009 they have toured across the UK and Europe and been heralded for their lively performances, and delivery and selection of traditional songs.
“Their high-octane take on English folk has brought a whole new audience to the genre.” – The Irish Times
Family Festival Artists
Keith Donnelly Family Show
Keith Donnelly, Well where do you start? Keith's website describes him as a ' Ruthless Surrealist Guitar-Slinging Abstract Songer Sing-Weaving, Teller of Short Tall Tales and Long Short Stories’. That’s a lot to cram into one show but somehow Keith manages it!
Whether he is performing for an adult audience or children, you know Keith's show is going to be a laugh a minute.
Keith may be known for his stand up comedy and participative action songs but Keith is also a serious singer-songwriter and accomplished guitarist. Keith performs both solo gigs and alongside others including French vocalist Flossie Malavialle as ‘Folk Superduo’ - Dark Horses; and the wonderful singer and storyteller Ursula Holden Gill. Keith also works in tandem with the inimitable Les Barker, who Keith describes as ‘The funniest poet in the history of funny poetry’, as ‘Idiot & Friend’.
As well as writing all his own material, Keith enjoys writing for other people. Over the years he has had the opportunity of writing for and working with some of his own favourite funny people. Perhaps the most notable of these is the ever hilarious Jasper Carrott.
As if this doesn't sound like enough to keep him busy Keith has his own children's book ' I wish I was a monkey'. He also launched his first seasonal Christmas Album during lockdown.