Sharp sounds from collective

The Cecil Sharp Project
The Cecil Sharp Project

Top names in the folk scene will be presenting new works created in tribute to a legendary song collector, when they perform at Derby Theatre on Tuesday, January 24, from 7.30pm.

In March, eight musicians gathered together for seven days in a farmhouse. Their artistic brief was to create new works that have a ‘resonance and relevance’ to legendary song collector Cecil Sharp, and, in particular, his Appalachian travels and the song collecting he undertook in America between 1915-1918.

The result was three initial concerts, a CD, and now, this chance to witness the group – known as The Cecil Sharp Project – on tour.

The artists are a ‘who’s who’ of the current folk scene. Celebrated, award-winning member of Show of Hands, Steve Knightley; the star of the modern folk revival, Jackie Oates; one of the world’s finest melodeon players, Andy Cutting; the consistently inventive Jim Moray; Georgia-based singer-songwriter Caroline Herring; Braebach’s fabulous fiddle player, Patsy Reid; adventurous banjo player Leonard Podolak; multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and folk-collaborator, Kathryn Roberts.

Tickets cost £17 (concessions £15) and are available by calling the box office on 01332 255800.