8:00pm Saturday 6th October 2018
Northern Ireland's Maurice Dickson has been writing and performing his songs for almost 30 years. He has played in rock and blues bands around Belfast before forming his own band in 1976. Three years later he turned professional and continued to learn his trade in Europe and North Africa absorbing the cultures and the rhythms.
Catherine Ashcroft plays the Uilleann Pipes and Whistles with breathtaking speed and virtuosity. Although born in the North West of England she has had a passion for Irish music since childhood and growing up in a musical home she started playing the whistle at an early age before getting her first set of Uilleann pipes in her mid teens. Self taught, Catherine regards her early influences as Planxty, The Bothy Band, Lunasa, and Paddy Keenan.
Maurice and Catherine met in 2008 when Catherine recorded her first CD “Take Flight and Follow” at Maurice's studio in Cumbria. This led to them collaborating and Maurice invited her to guest on his forthcoming European tour. A great success they soon formed the duo “Mochara”. Taking the name from the Irish meaning of “My Friend”. The pair have since performed at various festivals, folk clubs, theatres and music venues throughout the UK, Ireland, Holland, Germany, Denmark and Norway. They have also released 3 albums, “In Your Blood” in 2010, “Spirits and Dreamers” in 2013 and more recently the fabulous “Live at the Island” in 2015.
Performing a dynamic mix of original and traditional Irish songs and tunes, the duo promise audiences a night of spellbinding music and entertainment.
8:00pm Saturday 10th November 2018
sings in both English and Welsh and is also winner of the national clog dance competition in Wales. She learnt her dancing from her father who was also a champion dancer. She has appeared as a music commentator on radio and television and developed and delivered music and dance workshops for young people throughout Wales
was junior Celtic Welsh fiddle champion 3 years in succession and plays a multitude of musical instruments including the Welsh bagpipes an instrument popular in Wales and weddings and in the courts and castles of the princes. He has also worked as television music arranger for the singer Bryn Terfel and conducted orchestras.
plays fiddle and is the daughter of a famous Welsh poet Nigel Jenkins and whose mother is Delyth Jenkins is a famous harp player. Here within her family she learnt the poetry and music traditions of Wales. She is also a keen worker in encouraging young people to play traditional music by developing projects and workshops throughout the UK.
and whose mother is Delyth Jenkins is a famous harp player. Here within her family she learnt the poetry and music traditions of Wales. She is also a keen worker in encouraging young people to play traditional music by developing projects and workshops throughout the UK.
comes from Llyn Peninsula on the beautiful North West Coast of Wales. His music comes from an altogether different background originally playing rock and electronic music in night clubs before discovering a magic mix of folk and modern styles. Alongside being a musician, he has recording/producing/mixing credits on a wide range of Artists and styles. He also worked composing for Film and TV and has worked as a television presenter.
studied harp at the University of Wales before being drawn into the wealth of traditional harp music Wales has to offer. She is now developing and examining old traditional harp methods of playing used by the Romani Gypsies of Wales.