Sheelanagig

£8.50£17.00

Sheelanagig (plus support)

Lichfield Guildhall – Friday 12th November 2021 8.00pm

For more than a decade, Sheelanagig have brought their array of foot-stomping folk tunes to audiences across the globe. A quintet with a well-stocked armoury of stringed instruments and a bagful of joint-jumping tunes, these boys from the South-West of England create a real dynamic which is inherent in both their furious dance medleys as well as their interestingly arranged original pieces.

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In association with L2F – Lichfield Festival of Folk

For more than a decade, Sheelanagig have brought their array of foot-stomping folk tunes to audiences across the globe. A quintet with a well-stocked armoury of stringed instruments – guitar, fiddle, double bass with the rhythmic energy of flute and drums and a bagful of joint-jumping tunes, these boys from the South-West of England create a real dynamic which is inherent in both their furious dance medleys as well as their interestingly arranged original pieces.

Putting the groove into a selection of traditional and original European Folk music dating from medieval times to the present day, it’s difficult – nay, impossible – for your limbs to remain stationary when you’re within earshot of them in full flight. They often play with a knowing wink that shouldn’t obscure their impeccable technique and outstanding musicianship that raises the roof in every place they play.

In recent history, they have toured France, Switzerland and Australia, and remained a firm fixture on the UK festival season. They recently were featured on a full live session on Mark Radcliffe’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Show.

‘What a joy…a good night out guaranteed’– Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2

‘The musicianship is tight and intense’ – Songlines

Sheelanagig on Youtube

sheelanagig.co.uk

Support for this concert will be provided by A Different Thread. A the collaboration between Robert Jackson from Lichfield and Alicia Best from Durham, North Carolina, USA. Both traveling songwriters in their own right, they first met while busking in Galway, Ireland, back in 2016 and have been on the road together ever since.

Pulling from their respective roots, Best and Jackson have developed a sound that embraces elements of country, 70s’ folk revival, and piedmont blues as well as traditional English, Celtic, and Appalachian folk.  Their blend of intimate, raw vocals with atmospheric instrumentation is reminiscent of Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings, while offering hooks in the style of folk-rockers like The Cranberries and The Band.

The duo officially formed after winning Shrewsbury Folk Festival’s open-mic competition in 2017. Following the release of their debut album ‘On A Whim’ they went on to land interviews and live sessions on both the BBC and NPR radio. Their song, Potter’s Field, reached the semi-finals in the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) 2019 and through extensive touring, they have garnered a loyal following across the UK, Europe, the US and Central America.