Dou­ble bill at pop­u­lar Stonelaw folk night

Rutherglen Reformer - - News From The Pews - Jonathan Ged­des

A dou­ble bill of mu­sic will take place at the Meet­ing Place at Stonelaw Par­ish Church this com­ing Fri­day, May 26.

Per­form­ing at the pop­u­lar folk night will be Dave and He­len Howard from Manch­ester and Miriam Back­house­Eras­mus from South Africa.

Dave and He­len have been singing and play­ing to­gether for many years.

Com­ing from Manch­ester, He­len’s main love is in the tra­di­tional songs of the Bri­tish Isles, with a par­tic­u­lar lik­ing for Scot­tish ma­te­rial as they lived in Glas­gow for five years in the 1970s.

Dave casts his net a lit­tle wider, tak­ing in blues, blue­grass and most gui­tar based mu­sic, even play­ing lead gui­tar in an Elvis trib­ute band.

He still plays man­dolin reg­u­larly with the Oldham Tinkers group, own­ing a good col­lec­tion of clas­sic gui­tars and man­dolins which are his great pas­sion.

Back in the Manch­ester area now af­ter 16 years liv­ing in Ire­land, the duo are reg­u­larly gig­ging again through­out the lo­cal Lan­cashire folk scene and lov­ing it.

The ma­te­rial will be any­thing from tra­di­tional to mod­ern, with a few man­dolin tunes on the way.

Vis­it­ing from fur­ther afield is Miriam Back­house-Eras­mus.

Dur­ing a life­time of en­ter­tain­ing ev­ery­one from tod­dlers to those of more ‘ten­der years’, she has honed her tal­ents to a fine art.

Her beau­ti­fully trained bel canto singing, finely tuned gui­tar play­ing and easy go­ing ban­ter make her per­for­mances a joy to lis­ten to.

Miriam’s reper­toire cov­ers lul­la­bies to light opera, but her forte is singing folk songs, when her abil­ity to fit her voice, and gui­tar play­ing, to the mood of the song shines through.

She has put to­gether a col­lec­tion of some of her favourite live record­ings over the years on Best Loved Folk Songs.

As a teenager in the ‘60s she was in­flu­enced by the Bri­tish folk tra­di­tion and the new song­writ­ers emerg­ing world­wide, like Bob Dy­lan, Ralph McTell, John Mar­tyn and Leonard Co­hen, and she has al­ways been ahead of her time with the songs she writes.

Miriam was named “The First Lady of Folk” by the folk club or­gan­is­ers of the1970s (and the mayor of Cam­bridge), when she be­came one of the pioneer touring fe­male pro­fes­sional folk singers. She has lived up to that – and more.

In South Africa she is booked un­der the name of the “Queen of Folk”.

Sup­port will come from the Mairs fam­ily band.

Doors open at 7pm with the show start­ing at 7.30pm.

Tick­ets cost £5, with tea/fil­ter cof­fee and home bak­ing in­cluded.

Chil­dren un­der 16 go free.

The ma­te­rial will be any­thing from tra­di­tional to mod­ern

Duo Dave and He­len Howard many years

Singer Miriam Back­house-Eras­mus

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