Notting Hill’s unique multi-faceted Spring Festival returns in May 2013 with two weeks of music, film, theatre, dance and art to intrigue, delight and entertain. One of their highlights this year is an evening of folk with Mercury Prize nominee Sam Lee, Nancy Wallace and Collectress.
Sam Lee, the Mercury Prize and Folk Music Awards nominated folk singer, should need no introduction, he will be gracing the Mayfest audience with an intimate performance of songs from his much praised album Ground of Its Own. Sam Lee is one of Britain’s finest singers and the most cogent force of his generation in British folk music; an heir to the great revival during the 1950s and 60s led by Martin Carthy and the Watersons, and Fairport Convention in their wake. Lee brings contemporary folk music back to whence much of it came: Roma, Gypsies and Scottish and Irish Travellers, who have passed these songs from generation to generation, over centuries.
Nancy Wallace is a singer and musician, guitarist and concertina player, her approach to both instruments, and her interpretations of both traditional material and her own songs, sets her apart on the contemporary folk scene. Wallace creates an atmosphere and intimacy with her audience which is not to be missed.
Collectress are an all-female multi-instrumental quartet described as a cross between the Elysian Quartet and ”possessed Bronté sisters teasing an unsuspecting dinner party” (Foxy Digitalis), bring experimental and lyrical music performed with strong visual play. Performed in the beautiful surroundings of St John’s Church, this will be an evening of contemporary folkish charm.
We write music for each other and play music with each other according to our fancy.
Tickets now on sale at www.nottinghillmayfest.org.uk/node/22 or cash on door
St John’s Church
Lansdowne Crescent, Notting Hill, London, W11 2NN
Nearest tube: Holland Park, Notting Hill Gate
Buses: Ladbroke Grove 228, 52.
Holland Park Avenue 31, 94, 148.