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The  Second  Gala Concert

This special event is hosted by Mike Ruff and Chris Sadler.  Mike Ruff is a local performer, teacher and author; he is also a member of St Albans Morris and St Albans Mummers.  Chris Sadler who lived in Hertfordshire for many years, is well known in the Irish music world as a singer, guitarist and concertina player.  

Together they form the Music Hall duo Allcock & Brown. They have appeared at the opening of St Albans Christmas Market in 2014, numerous Dickensian Festivals in Rochester, The Big Lunch in 2012 and featured live on CNN television. During 2016 they made their 3rd trip to the Edwardian Easter in Hull and had high profile events in Trafalgar Square for St Georges Feast and on the main stage at Reigate’s celebration of the Queen’s Birthday.  Their popular songs will be familiar to many of you and joining in is advisory if not compulsory

The Second Gala Concert – Onwards and Upwards

31st January 2017, The Maltings Arts Centre, St Albans

Last year Mike Ruff with Allcock & Brown promoted their own concert.  Why? 2 new albums and a book on Barn Dancing seemed a good excuse for a party.  It was a huge success both musically and socially and everyone there wanted another one.  Can we make it even better?  We hope so.

Appearing this year are our star guests Pete Morton and Said the Maiden.  Mike will do a short solo set and the Allcock & Brown set with Chris Sadler. Chris will also do a few numbers with James O’Grady who was the surprise last minute inclusion last year.  As if this was not enough there will be Trevor Oakes, sharing the compering and throwing in a couple of poems or recitations.

Pete Morton is back with his inimitable blend of contemporary idiom, powerful lyrics and traditional songs which have gained him a great reputation.  Still splitting his time between here and Holland he is a real star and was the first to say he wanted to be involved in the second event.  2016 saw the arrival of his latest albums, “Land of Time” and, with Full House “Game of Life”

“An independent spirit, an old school troubadour….. he continues his merry niche” fRoots magazine

“Pete is everything we want our singer-songwriters to be. Fiercely creative, proudly independent, skillful, talented, and terminally unpredictable”. Colin Irwin MOJO Magazine.

 “Not only impressive ….  but a revelation”.  The Guardian

Sharing the top of the bill are locally based Said the Maiden who after a few years in the “up & coming category” have now definitely arrived with their own national tour in 2017 and we are the third gig on it. Said The Maiden are Jess Distill, Hannah Elizabeth and Kathy Pilkinton, three friends with their roots in St. Albans.  From their first appearance at Redbourn Folk Club in 2012, the group soon secured support and headline slots at folk clubs and festivals around the country. 

In 2015 they were voted ‘Best Act’ by the public on The Introducing Stage at the Great British Folk Festival for the festival’s opening night, were invited back in 2016 to perform on one of the main stages and are now embarking on a nationwide tour.

Allcock & Brown

They have already supported many fantastic artists including The Fisherman's Friends, Jim Moray, Megson, Martin Carthy, Sam Carter, Hannah James and Sam Sweeney, Clannad, Cara Dillon, False Lights, Dave Swarbrick and Fairport Convention.  They released their debut album 'A Curious Tale' in June of 2014. Their most recent EP, ‘Of Maids And Mariners’ came out in 2016 and another studio album is planned for later in 2017.

"I like anything these girls do, they mean it! Their harmonies are extraordinary." (Dave Swarbrick) 

"…distinctive voices lacing intricate harmonies through original and traditional songs… supremely addictive." (Tim Carroll – FolkWords)

Gala Concert

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An evening full of high quality music and entertainment to drive away any winter blues.

Tuesday 31 January


The Maltings Arts Centre

St Albans