Review: Nancy Kerr and James Fagan at Sidmouth Folk festival

PUBLISHED: 17:30 20 August 2019

Nancy Kerr and James Fagan at the Ham Marquee. Picture: Paul Strange

Nancy Kerr and James Fagan at the Ham Marquee. Picture: Paul Strange

Paul Strange

Ever-popular folk duo Nancy Kerr and James Fagan packed Sidmouth’s Ham Marquee on the afternoon of Thursday, August 8, delighting the audience with a mixture of new and familiar pieces from their vast repertoire.

Jimmy Aldridge (left) and Sid Goldsmith at the Ham Marquee. Picture: Paul StrangeJimmy Aldridge (left) and Sid Goldsmith at the Ham Marquee. Picture: Paul Strange

Twice winners of Best Duo in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, the pair have been working together for more than 20 years.

Kerr is noted for her songwriting and virtuoso fiddle playing, while Fagan is a multi-instrumentalist, specialising in guitar, bouzouki and mandolin.

Highlights of their set included Kerr's self-penned Broadside, about the encounter between Elizabeth I and Irish pirate queen Grace O'Malley, and a heartfelt rendition of the traditional Turtle Dove featuring exquisite harmonies on the chorus.

Supporting duo Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith impressed with a mix of their own compositions, including Night Hours, and traditional songs such as the haunting and poignant The Reed Cutter's Daughter, featuring Goldsmith's vocals and Aldridge on concertina.

DELIA PEMBERTON

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad. Coronavirus is one of the greatest challenges our community has ever faced, but if we all play our part we will defeat it. We're here to serve as your advocate and trusted source of local information.

In these testing times, your support is more important than ever. Thank you.

Most Read

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Most Read

Latest from the Sidmouth Herald