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image for Music - Folk item typeMaddy Prior with Hannah James and Giles Lewin at Civic and Cramphorn Theatres

Music - Folk, Wed 25 Oct 2017, £7-£20.30

Maddy Prior

Maddy Prior

Queen of Folk, Maddy Prior


Chelmsford City Council

01245 606505


Civic Theatre,
Fairfield Road,


A true legend of British music, Maddy Prior has built her career on exploring various musical avenues. Her latest album 3 For Joy is no exception, a further exploration of the tradition that she loves. Together with new musical partners Giles Lewin (Carnival Band, Bellowhead) and young accordion player Hannah James, Maddy returns to perform the music of England, the British Isles and Eastern Europe – all delivered in her own unique style.

Maddy’s thoughts on the up and coming tour:
“I am blessed, working in music, with excellent musicians. Over the years it has been a delight, and no musical endeavour has been more delightful than working with Hannah James and Giles Lewin.

Giles is a talented multi-instrumentalist, playing fiddle, recorders, bagpipes, whistles and more. He has a classical background but has enveloped himself in Irish music, early music and Arabic music, bringing depth of textures to any music he approaches.

Hannah is a young person of skill and musicality. Her chosen instrument is the accordion, and she uses it to create atmosphere and subtle, fluid ideas. Her background in folk, blended with years going to Ethno camps, learning intimately the music of other cultures, gives her a daring palette of acoustics that she brings to all
she does. A singer of stark strength and flexibility, she also is a stunning clog dancer and foot percussionist.

We have worked together for about five years, making one album, 3 for Joy, but are now embarked on our second. It is to be called Shortwinger, and has a theme of the wild field. Mainly birds and hares. Murmuration looks at the declining population of starlings and their stunning evening display. Swallow is a modern song concerning the migration and absence of our loved summer visitor. The Lark in the Clear Air is a new setting of his beautiful old song, by Giles, as is The Owl, a poem by Emily Dickinson. The Austringer describes the relationship between a Goshawk and its handler, and Hannah has written a piece on the Blackbird.

These two musicians are creative and enthusiastic and keep the project alive and powerful for me, unjaded, even by so many years of doing this extraordinary job”.

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Event details

Dates Times
Wed 25 Oct 2017 20:00 to 22:30
Doors: 19:30


£7(students) £18.50(standard) £20.50(premium).

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Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Chelmsford station


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  • Credit cards accepted (with charge)Credit cards accepted (with charge)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing