Traditional folk music at Kirton

Dave Malkin, left, and John Dipper ANL-160422-164639001
Dave Malkin, left, and John Dipper ANL-160422-164639001
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Folk duo John Dipper and Dave Malkin are in concert in Kirton next month in a day of workshops, including a walk through nature.

Traditional music will have a traditional setting this May Bank Holiday, Monday, May 2, when they host an afternoon of workshops and an evening concert in the unique setting of the art barn at Woodlands Organic Farm.

Workshops will take place from 2.30pm, dissecting technique and exploring the intricacies of performing and arranging traditional music. All instruments will be catered for, and repertoire will be taught by ear. The day is completely inclusive, with all levels and ages catered for. Workshop places must be booked in advance, and under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. There will be a meet and greet from 2pm with tea, coffee and cake.

The afternoon will include a farm walk. The farm is unique in its philosophy; to farm in a way which is socially inclusive and sensitive to the natural world, and its owner, Andrew Dennis is a winner of Radio 4 Farmer of the Year.

The evening concert will begin at 7pm. John Dipper and Dave Malkin will present new and reimagined traditional music, including work devised for their recent EFDSS (English Folk Dance and Song Society) creative residency at Cecil Sharp House, London.

This inspiring duo is the meeting place for new ideas to meld with traditional song and dance tunes, the result being beautifully honed new works, breaking new ground yet routed within the tradition.

John is a respected and established performer, composer, teacher and instrument maker. He grew up steeped in the traditions of Southern England. His unique playing style, and his compositions convey a deep understanding and passion for indigenous culture. He has recorded on several film soundtracks including The Hobbit. He is a founder member of the English Acoustic Collective with Chris Wood and Robert Harbron, plays in Methera – the groundbreaking string quartet, and has worked with many other musicians and artists including Hugh Lupton, Nick Hennessey, Martyn Wyndham-Read and James Patterson. He was also a composer and musician for the first ever nationwide tour of Morris OffSpring.

Dave is a guitarist, composer and arranger. He studied the guitar at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. His technical facility and theoretical understanding is informed by his classical training, but he has a deep love and understanding of traditional music. He was a founder member of the trio Tandem, merging traditionally-inspired compositions with live electronics. He has worked with The Joe Townsend Quartet, under the baton of conductor Andrew Parrott, and ‘Phantom Of The Opera’ lyricist Charles Hart. Dave, now living, playing and teaching in London, hails from Moulton and the wide skies and flat, fertile farmland set among the wild landscape of fen and marsh, are a strong influence on his writing..

This will be a return trip to Lincolnshire in 2016 having already attracted one of Spalding Folk Club’s biggest audiences to the South Holland Centre. Earlier this month they played at the Royal Festival Hall in London and have a full summer tour of gigs and festivals lined up.

Tickets, for the workshops and the concert, including the farm walk, or just for the concert are available from - concert only, £11, 7pm; workshop and farm walk only, £16.50, 2pm; workshop, farm walk and evening concert, £22, 2pm.