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Old Dance School will get Little Witley and Clent jumping
FOLK music fans are in for a real treat when a popular Midlands seven-piece band take to the stage in Little Witley and Clent.
Birmingham’s The Old Dance School will visit Little Witley Village Hall on Saturday evening as part of a Worcestershire tour being organised by arts organisation Shindig.
They will then travel to Clent Parish Hall for a performance on Sunday.
The Old Dance School will entertain audiences with “magical” harmonies, duelling fiddles and hairraising world percussion with their unique and imaginative take on traditional folk music.
Their songs evoke images of windswept headlands, witches and wild adventures.
According to organisers, the talented group brings to the stage a “young, friendly and energetic spirit” and has a mix repertoire.
The band, whose release their third album, Chasing the Light, this month, features Helen Lancaster on violin and viola, Robin Beatty on guitars, live loops and vocals, percussionist Tom Chapman and Samantha Norman on violin.
Aaron Diaz plays trumpet, Laura Carter plays whistles and the recorder and Adam Jarvis features on double bass.
From international jazz festivals to European opera tours, film score commissions to classical recitals, band members have performed, recorded and toured with artists such as Martha Wainwright, Graham Coxon and the Urban Folk Quartet. The music ranges from mellow to uplifting, groovy and lively. They mix fiddles, whistles, guitar, vocals, bass and cajon percussion, taking English, Irish, Scottish and European folk music and putting a spin on it.
Shindig is a project which aims to bring live music into the community and says Great Witley and Clent will provide the “perfect rural settings” for The Old Dance School.