Finally got round to visiting Fiveways Folk, at The Fiveways, in Charminster. Wanted to catch up with my good friend Pete Christie, whose guitar technique is just inspirational, but due to bad timing on my part I arrived just after he had finished playing. However, I was in time to listen to and enjoy Damien Clark playing traditional songs on the Hammer Dulcimer. His passion and enthusiasm for his craft is self evident and contagious. He engages and banters with the audience and makes for a very enjoyable experience. He has honed his skill on this instrument, and the Hurdy Gurdy that he also played to a very high degree, rendering songs in a magical and mystical way.
Guitar player Will McNicol was also on the bill, treating the gathering to his compositions. These were a brilliant blend of his classical style with a Celtic Folk atmosphere into a very contemporary and accessible sound that held the many guitarists in the audience present spellbound. He effortlessly concocts impossibly complicated patterns on the fingerboard into superb sound-scapes. His reputation and skill resulted in him being awarded the title of UK Acoustic Guitarist of the Year in 2011. An extraordinary and immaculate musician.
Unfortunately due to the fact I had unfeasibly early start the following morning, I had to leave before the end of the evening. I only managed to catch one song from Magpie Chatter, but what a song! Andy Stone & Tim Wilkinson were joined by Bob Burke on bass guitar, and played a new song penned by Tim called “The Willow Man.” Absolutely cracking number, that means that I have got to see more of this brilliant duo, or trio, or whatever incarnation Magpie Chatter appear next time. Highly recommended, as is the friendly atmosphere of Fiveways Folk. Left with a smile on my face, with a very acceptable bottle of raffle won Spanish Red carefully packed in the pannier of my motorbike. Perfect.
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