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Monday 5th November 2012 SOLD OUT

James Hickman & Dan Cassidy

This evening is being held at The Bell Inn in the upstairs function room.

Hickman’s emotive, soaring vocals and driving guitar is complemented by Cassidy’s ingenious and virtuosic fiddling. Their sound flows from the connection between British and American folk and is bursting with all the humour, heartbreak and excitement of these genres. The lively English wit of Hickman is set against Cassidy’s bone-dry irony and American drawl as they take audiences on a dynamic and unforgettable transatlantic journey.

James’ and Dan’s duo was formed in 2008, beginning with several local shows in James’ hometown of Shrewsbury and the surrounding county of Shropshire. Their relaxed banter and unique musical style was well received and they were soon performing further afield. The following year, with the prospect of more comprehensive tours ahead, they recorded and released their debut album ‘Severn Street’, which features arrangements of traditional songs and tunes and several of their own compositions.

Their successive tours have grown steadily in size and they now perform throughout the UK, enjoying concerts from the Scottish Highlands to the Isle of Wight. Inspired by their love of traditional music from Britain and America, James and Dan continued writing together. Their latest original material is being incorporated into their live show and will be debuted in the upcoming autumn tour. Autumn 2012 will be a busy period for the duo with 26 concerts ahead of them and more being announced.

James Hickman

James was born in Shrewsbury Shropshire where he was raised on a diet of folk and bluegrass music. James’ father (an avid bluegrass musician) bought him his first guitar and at the age of thirteen he started performing with him at sessions and folk clubs.

After music college, James travelled with his guitar to Ireland and then to Iceland. In Iceland he co-formed ‘The Dan Cassidy Swing Quartet’. James then returned to England where he began performing as a solo artist and formed the duo ‘Hickman and Quinn’. He went on to join folk group Uiscedwr and worked with them for two years.

James now performs in the UK and Europe as part of ‘Hickman and Quinn’,‘The Dan Cassidy Swing Quartet’ and ‘James Hickman and Dan Cassidy’.

Dan Cassidy

Dan grew up in a musical family in Maryland, USA, gaining a solid backround in music after taking up the violin on his tenth birthday. His formative years as a teenager were productive, as Dan absorbed a broad spectrum of musical styles on the violin, including classical, jazz, bluegrass, country, blues, and rock.

While touring professionally in the U.K. in the 1980’s, Dan was introduced to the music of Shetland fiddler Aly Bain, which sparked his keen interest in celtic music, and the U.K. folk scene in general. Dan has spent the last 15 years in Iceland as a successful session musician, and has been returning to the U.K regularly to perform with his own group, The Dan Cassidy Swing Quartet. He appears on several recordings of his sister, the late Eva Cassidy.

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Richard Digance £10 by advance ticket only.

The legend returns for his 3rd visit to our tiny club.  Still packing out huge venues all over the country yet he loves to pop up the road to Seend (some 20 miles from home) to do a fabulous intimate set to just 50 of us.  Tickets obviously sell out easily and quickly though priority is given to locals.

Richard is now touring in his 41st year and shows no sign of calling it a day for a while yet.  He has enough material to do 10 mights without repeating a thing and is frankly hilarious and bloody brilliant at his game.

Have a look at his website here and see how busy he is!

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Dan Raza

Dan makes a welcome return after performing a blinding set at the very first Seend Acoustic Festival in September 2011, you can see part of his performance here

Dan Raza has already established a considerable reputation on the UK singer songwriter and folk roots scene. His distinctive approach has won him many fans and led to his supporting Joan Armatrading on a recent European tour, as well as opening for artists such as Mary Gauthier, Badly Drawn Boy, Cara Dillon and Alejandro Escovedo at concerts throughout the UK and USA. He also had a song, Every Little Dog endorsed by Neil Young when Shakey chose it for his ‘Living with War’ website.

Visit Dan’s website here

Taking the support slot this week are local folk favourites The Yirdbards

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