Farewell town gig for funky folk duo

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FORMER BBC Young Folk Award winners Uiscedwr return to Rugby Roots for their very last performance.

The funky folk duo are one of Britain’s most exciting contemporary acts. They feature classically trained violinist Anna Esslemont and the extraordinarily talented Cormac Byrne playing the what the promoters describe as “the most thrilling percussion you’re ever likely to hear”.

Uiscedwr offer a fresh and original approach to folk music, bringing an energy and virtuosity to their performances. The eclectic repertoire draws on traditions from all over the British isles, tempered by influences as diverse as jazz, Latin, blues, and klezmer.

Completing the line up at this concert and giving them an even fatter, funkier, folkier sound is guitar and six-string bass wizard Nick Waldock.

Rugby Roots promoter Richard Barnes said: “Uiscedwr are quite simply one of my favourite bands.

“I first encountered them at Bridgnorth Festival seven or eight years ago after which I wrote to a friend saying ‘I’ve seen the future, and it’s Uiscedwr!’.

“To use a well worn phrase, they totally blew me away.”

Their career was put on hold about five years ago when Anna became very ill but following a successful bone marrow transplant she’s fully fit and performing better than ever. Recently Anna and Cormac announced that the current tour would be Uiscedwr’s last, and that a brand new band, Bad Anna, would be launched in 2012.

Richard said: “We are honoured to host Uiscedwr’s last ever gig - it’s going to be a very special evening for us, the band, and the audience. Not surprisingly there’s already a big demand for tickets from Uiscedwr’s loyal supporters so I would urge anyone wanting to attend to get their tickets without delay.”

Uiscedwr will be supported by Lucy Ward. The concert will take place at Lawrence Sheriff School on December 10.

Tickets: from Sounds in Church Street, call (01788) 567338/07768 310601 or www.rugbyroots.com.