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West Kirby Arts Centre
West Kirby Arts Centre, The Old Unitarian Church, 29 Brookfield Gardens, CH48 4EL West Kirby
Contemporary folk quartet “Rough Island Band” will be playing their original music on the evening of Wednesday the 15th of November 2017 at the West Kirby Arts Centre as part of their Autumn Tour to promote their new album “This Island of Yours”.
Tickets are available online westkirbyartscentre.org.uk
The Rough Island Band are John Elliott, Joe Keelan, Piers Lewin and James Sills with guest fiddler — Giles Lewin. Their music is very much embedded in their chosen place, St Agnes, 28 miles from mainland Cornwall. The island is a tiny scrap of wind-carved rock, with gorse covered land and fine sand that is, and has a vibrant working community.
The Rough Island Band (RIB) started in 2009, with songs that reflect the feeling that a community’s history and stories should be set and celebrated in music. Unusually for a Celtic outpost, St Agnes has no surviving indigenous music. Stories of shipwreck and rescue, tunes for dancing and evocations of landscape have been written by RIB in response to an extraordinary place, alongside borrowed and adapted traditional Cornish music.
Incorporating a wide range of instrumental and vocal textures, RIB craft a personal and contemporary sound, firmly rooted in the folk tradition. The individual members bring together a variety of influences and experience: from performing as members of Bellowhead, The Spooky Men’s Chorale and the Maddy Prior Trio,; to their own solo projects such as The Little Unsaid and Full of Noises; as well as running folk festivals and events across the Scilly Isles and throughout the UK.
Tickets are £12 and available from the website. Doors open at 19.00 and performance will start at 19.45. Please note that there is no visitor parking in Brookfield Gardens as it is a residential street. Please respect the neighbours ability to park on the street where they live. Conveniently, the West Kirby Arts Centre is located 4 minutes walk from the train station and public parking at West Kirby Concourse. Of course, many may be able to walk and partake from the licensed bar.