Folk at the Maltings welcomes cutting edge young duo Tom Moore (Viola) and Archie Churchill-Moss (Accordion) as guest performers at a concert on Friday November 1 at 8.00pm at the Abbey Theatre Studio, Westminster Lodge, Holywell Hill, St Albans AL1 2DL. Support will be provided by New Roots finalist, Finn Collinson, and harpist Eleanor Dunsdon.
Tom Moore grew up in Norfolk where he began learning Suzuki-method violin aged four. As the son of folk music enthusiasts, he constantly ended up at pubs, gigs and festivals playing his fiddle. Archie Churchill-Moss first started the Diatonic Accordion at the age of 9 in Somerset. His family has always had a firm foot in the English tradition. The two formed a duo in their early teens, practising together over the internet and were New Roots finalists in 2008. Later they formed a trio with guitarist and singer, Jack Rutter, with whom they won the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award in 2011 and toured extensively.
Individually, they have become key performers on the instrumental folk music scene in the last few years, both appearing in a host of bands. Tom has played with Nick Hart, John Dipper, False Lights, Jim Moray, Maz O’Connor, Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith, while Archie plays with Sam Kelly & the Lost Boys and False Lights.
Meanwhile they have continued to develop as a duo and are now performing a programme of brand new instrumental music, almost all of it self-penned and improvised. After releasing their album, Laguna in 2017, they have gone on to write further new material. Taking influences from all corners of Northern Europe and from fresh contemporary art music, an evening in the musical company of Moore and Moss will leave you mesmerised, inspired and thrilled.
New Roots finalist Finn Collinson is a recorder player and folk musician from East Anglia who also plays guitar, mandolin, bouzouki and whistle. His music is a diverse exploration of folk music on the recorder, spanning early/Renaissance art music, traditional English tunes, American bluegrass and original compositions and he has just released his debut solo album.
Eleanor Dunsdon took up the Clarsach or celtic harp at the age of 9 with BBC award winning folk musician Luke Daniels and performed with his Gael Music Academy across the country. She went on to pursue a career in classical harp but has been unable to shake her roots. This summer Eleanor gave her first performance at St Albans Folk Festival before taking to the main stages at Broadstairs Folk Week and Towersey Festival.
The Abbey Theatre is half a mile south of St Albans city centre, at the foot of Holywell Hill at Westminster Lodge, tucked away behind the leisure centre. Parking in the car parks near the theatre is free after 6:30pm, and no ticket is needed.
Tickets: £12, Students and concessions £11. Under 18 £7.50 on the door or in advance, by booking online at https://www.abbeytheatre.org.uk/whats-on/folk-at-the-maltings-transferred/ or at the box office which is open 9:30am to 12:00 noon, Monday to Friday for bookings by phone on 01727 857861 or in person.