Banjo man per­forms in Dal­beat­tie

Con­cert in Maxwell Arms

The Galloway News - - THE TICKET - Stuart Gille­spie

Dal­beat­tie Acous­tic Club will wel­come Cana­dian singer and banjo picker Alec Somerville to their con­cert at the Maxwell Arms Ho­tel to­mor­row night.

Now liv­ing in Done­gal, Alec was born in Lan­cashire but spent most of his life in Canada where he worked as a po­lice of­fi­cer. In the 1960s, with three of his col­leagues he formed The Brothers- in- Law who sold a to­tal of 600,000 al­bums of their satir­i­cal – and oc­ca­sion­ally con­tro­ver­sial – songs.

A l e c ’s reper t o i re con­tains hu­mor­ous self­penned songs – he quotes Gil­bert and Sullivan and Flan­ders and Swan as in­flu­ences – of­ten on the theme of Canada’s cul­tural sub­servience to its neigh­bour the USA.

But he also has a seem­ingly end­less sup­ply of tra­di­tional ma­te­rial: songs about the Grand Banks of New­found­land; Amer­i­can Civil War bat­tles; the streets of Belfast or Win­nipeg; sheep shear­ers in Aus­tralia; em­i­gra­tion.

The con­cert be­gins at 8.30pm and tick­ets are avail­able at the door.

Dal­beat­tie Acous­tic Club was es­tab­lished fol­low­ing Dal­beat­tie’s Folk­to­ber Fes­ti­val in 2014 and meets reg­u­larly in the Maxwell Arms lounge.

On the sec­ond Thurs­day of each month, the meet­ing is a friendly in­for­mal mu­sic ses­sion and sing- around in which any­one is in­vited to just come and lis­ten, join in with oth­ers or per­form solo.

Banjo player Cana­dian Alec Somerville

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