Stunning folk duo join roots scene

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SENSATIONAL new duo Miranda Sykes and Rex Preston will be performing at a Rugby Roots concert at a town centre pub.

Miranda Sykes has been described as a ‘musical chameleon’ reflecting the way that she so easily slips between musical genres as diverse as folk, jazz and rock/pop. She continues to build a solo repertoire of contemporary and narrative songs that are showcased to critical acclaim on her album Bliss.

Miranda’s rich, spine-tingling vocals and strident yet sensitive double bass playing are much in demand and she enjoys working alongside some of the finest musicians in the world.

She is increasingly in demand both as a double bassist and singer and has toured across the world.

Miranda has recently started working with Rex Preston, perhaps the top mandolin player in the UK today.

In 2008 Rex moved to Bath to do a music degree. At the same time, banjo player Leon Hunt was putting a band together for a high profile concert alongside Bela Fleck, leading to the formation of the Scoville Units.

Rex was last seen on the folk and acoustic scene when his band Jane on Thunder reached the final of the BBC Young Folk Awards. Since then he has been building a strong portfolio of electronic music. In 2009 Rex flew to Winfield in Kansas to take part in the Walnut Valley Mandolin Championships. He came third and won a Weber mandolin for his efforts.

Richard Barnes from Rugby Roots said: “Many will know Miranda through her work with Show of Hands over the years. Rex is currently less well known but that should soon change because he’s a stunning musician, up there with the great Chris Thile of the fine US band Nickel Creek in my opinion. Rex’s mandolin playing complements Miranda’s vocals and double bass playing perfectly and their style suits intimate venues.”

The concert will take place at the Merchants Inn in Rugby on October 19 at 8pm.

Tickets are Available from Sounds in Church Street, by calling (01788) 567338 or by visiting www.rugbyroots.com. Tickets can also be bought on the door.