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The Drystones at Sticklebarn Sessions

The Drystones: Ford Collier and Alex Garden

“Indecently talented” (Mike Harding) young Somerset duo, The Drystones, bring their unexpectedly big folk sound to Sticklebarn Sessions at Sticklebarn and the Langdales National Trust as the third date on their exclusive We Happy Few mini-tour.

Ford Collier and Alex Garden, both 22, start their trip in Devon, followed by another five dates across the country from Cumbria to Colchester and from London to Stockton-on-Tees. The duo are based in the Somerset village of Priddy and the tour starts right into the heart of the West Country, the region in which they have cut their teeth.

A compelling blend of energy and breathtaking skill is the hallmark of their spirited performances and guarantees a night to remember at Sticklebarn Sessions. With Alex on fiddle and Ford on whistle and guitar the duo are able to navigate different traditions, introduce instantaneous changes of pace and stitch together tunes and songs into an eclectic live set.

The Drystones’ seemingly telepathic musical communication has always kept audiences on their toes. The tour is promoting their latest album, We Happy Few, which was a Songlines magazine Top of the World album selection in October 2017 and the track, My Son John, went on to become part of British Airways’ in-flight entertainment.

Alex and Ford have performed as The Drystones since they were 15 and have played at major festivals across the country. At the 2013 Glastonbury Festival they were Steve Lamacq’s “recommendation of the day”, they won the 2015 Larmer Tree Breakthrough Music Award and have supported folk legends such as Steeleye Span and Seth Lakeman.

The Drystones at Sticklebarn Sessions, Sticklebarn and the Langdales NT, Ambleside: Friday, 12th October. 20:00. Tickets: 015394 37356.

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