London's Kings Place to host 'Folk Made in the UK' event, 10th September 2010

Anyone wishing to drift away from the unavoidable guitar distortion and synthetic drumbeats might want to pop by Kings Place - Kings Cross (in St Pancras) on Friday 10th September, as it hosts a one-day folk music event as part of the four day Kings Place Festival (100 acts from Thursday 9th September).

'Folk Made in the UK', curated by the artist development agency, Red Orange, will introduce three acts, deemed to be keeping folk music relevant and pertinent in this new decade.

Nick Wyke and Becki Driscoll
 

Nick Wyke and Becki Driscoll

On that evening, from 7.30pm, North Devon fiddle and viola duo, Nick Wyke and Becki Driscoll, will share their love of British traditional music and stage their "passionate musicality and distinctive presence" (says The Living Tradition).

Monster Ceilidh Band - Photo: Reed Ingram Weir www.reedingramweir.com
 
Photo: Reed Ingram Weir www.reedingramweir.com

Monster Ceilidh Band

They will be followed at 8.45pm, by female-fronted Newcastle four-piece, Monster Ceilidh Band, whose mix of rave-like beats and traditional Ceilidh make for a performance said to "bring a new breed of Ceilidh dancing to generations, new and old, all over the world", to quote Kings Place Festival reps.

Andrew Cronshaw - Photo: Aki Paavola
 
Photo: Aki Paavola

Andrew Cronshaw

At 10pm, double BBC Award nominee (both at the BBC Folk Awards and BBC Awards for World Music, for his last album 'Ochre'), Andrew Cronshaw will close the event and play his extensive collection of instruments (an electrified chord zither, a huge Slovak flute fujara, Chinese ba-wu and more), accompanied by Armenian duduk player, Tigran Aleksanyan.

Tickets for to each performance are on sale now at the fabulously ridiculous cost of just £4.50, or £13.50 for the whole evening, so get booking via: www.kingsplace.co.uk/music/kings-place-festival .

Solange Moffi

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