Banjo man performs in Dalbeattie
Concert in Maxwell Arms
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