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Folk – Na-Mara + Sue Farthing & Megan Wisdom
Na-Mara brings together talented English singer songwriter and guitarist Paul McNamara and wonderful mandolin player Rob Garcia. Together, they have built an enviable reputation for fine story-telling and musicianship, performing in clubs and festivals throughout the UK, at events in France, Spain and Germany and on BBC Radio 4 as well as a plethora of internet and local radio stations. They consistently deliver new and exciting material to folk audiences with their own provocative material in traditional style on contemporary and historical topics; their English translations of songs from Breton, French and Quebecois traditions; and their take on traditional tunes from Brittany, France and the Spanish Celtic regions of Asturias and Galicia.
Sue Farthing has been performing in local folk clubs since the late sixties. She is currently mostly immersed in the world of ukulele but will be returning to The Maltings with her repertoire of traditional and modern folk songs from the British Isles and the New World. Sue will once again be accompanied by ace guitarist Clive Carey and there may be banjos, well one anyway!
New Roots finalist Megan Wisdom is a singer of traditional songs, usually unaccompanied, in pub sessions and has also performed solo spots at folk clubs and festivals. She sees each folk song as a voice speaking from the past and tries to communicate this through her singing.