Celtic music legend Martyn Joseph will lead a stunning quartet of folk stars in the Sweet Liberties concert at St David’s Hall next Friday (27 November) at 8pm.
Martyn is gifted with the rare ability to speak from the soul with his expressive and poignant lyrics with a career spanning 30 years, 32 albums, over half a million record sales and thousands of live performances! His boundless versatility allows him to delve into the genres of folk, rock, soul, folk funk and Americana, whilst drawing comparisons from influential artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Dave Matthews and John Mayer.
The Penarth singer-songwriter will be joined by the Folk Singer of the Year (at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards) Nancy Kerr, the acclaimed Sam Carter and rising star Maz O’Connor.
As the UK marks 800 years since the sealing of Magna Carta and 750 years since the De Montfort Parliament, the four folk artists will embark on a musical journey exploring the pursuit of democracy, plus the laws and events that continue to make a difference to our liberties.
Each performer brings a wealth of talent and experience to the project and will have access to material from Parliamentary archives and historians, combined with folk material from the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library. They will compose new songs from their research inspired by 18 significant moments in the evolution of democracy ranging from the Magna Carta to the Tolpuddle Martyrs and women’s suffrage to the continued fight for equality.
Accompanying these resonant songs will the most in-demand traditional fiddle player in the UK, Patsy Reid and commended collaborator Nick Cooke. The project has been commissioned by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) and Folk by the Oak in conjunction with the year-long 2015 Anniversaries: Parliament in the Making programme of activities and celebrations.
With its strong political message, this gig featuring the leading lights of folk is not like any other. Celebrate the Sweet Liberties at St David’s Hall!
Roots Unearthed £2 Pint Offer
Enjoy a pint of Carling, Worthington’s, Brains Smooth and Stowford Press cider on draught for only £2 per pint. Available from 6.30pm until the bars close at the end of the gig.
Tickets are priced £16 (plus an additional £2.95 Ticket Service Charge per transaction and an optional 95p postage fee).
To book your seats, please visit www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk
or call the Box Office on 029 2087 8444.