Local folk-music fans have the chance to melt away the winter blues at a toe-tapping gig in the New Room – otherwise known as John Wesley’s Chapel, on Bristol’s Broadmead – with inspiring pipe and accordion duo, Jon Swayne and Becky Price on Thursday 8 March.
Jon and Becky promise a highly varied programme of English dances, airs and song-tunes of the last 400 years, alongside French dance tunes composed by Jon, many of which have become classics of the genre.
The two began playing together over ten years ago, and quickly discovered a close musical rapport. Jon combines pipe-making with performance and composition. A founder member of Blowzabella, he also created the bagpipe trio Moebius and the seven-piece bagpipe band Zephyrus.
Becky, who is a regular guest tutor for the National Youth Folk Ensemble, founded French dance trio Finality Jack in the 1990s and Boldwood in 2003. She has worked with fiddle player Dave Shepherd, hurdy-gurdy player Nigel Eaton and accordion trio Hell Said the Duchess (with Karen Tweed and Hannah James).
Jon Swayne and Becky Price’s performance at the New Room is on Thursday 8 March, with doors opening at 7pm and music starting at 7.30pm. Pre-gig refreshments will be available in the café from 6.30pm.
Tickets – £12 or £10 for concessions – are available in the New Room café and shop, or via Eventbrite, and will also be available on the door.