Outstanding acts coming to Otterton Mill this spring

09:57 18 December 2014

Show of Hands double bassist Miranda Sykes and mandolinist Rex Preston are one of the highlights of Otterton Mill

Show of Hands double bassist Miranda Sykes and mandolinist Rex Preston are one of the highlights of Otterton Mill's spring music season.

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East Devon’s Otterton Mill has announced the line-up for its spring music season.

In what promises to be an outstanding programme of acoustic music, highlights include Show of Hands’ double bassist Miranda Sykes and mandolinist Rex Preston, award-winning chanteuse Barb Jungr and much-rated blues and roots duo Michael Messer and Ed Genis.

The spring season opens on Thursday, February 26, with a gig by the Carrivick Sisters. One of the country’s top young bluegrass/folk duos, their tight vocal harmonies and multi-instrumental virtuosity on guitar, mandolin, fiddle, dobro and clawhammer banjo creates music that is lush, elegant, graceful and engaging. Tickets are £13.50. Details at www.thecarrivicksisters.co.uk

The mill’s season continues on Thursday, March 12, with Miranda Sykes and Rex Preston. In just two years, they’ve become one of the most sought-after duos on the English folk and roots scene. The striking instrumental combination of Miranda’s double bass and Rex’s mandolin creates what Folk Roots has called ‘a musical partnership made in heaven. Scintillating, sensitive and brilliant!’. Well known as the third member of folk icons Show of Hands, Miranda has an exquisite voice, while Rex has emerged as one of the UK’s finest mandolin players. The duo will feature material from their recent second album Sing a Full Song. Tickets are £13.50. Details at www.sykespreston.com/#home

Barb Jungr is at the mill on Thursday, March 19. The internationally acclaimed, award-winning soul, blues and jazz artist returns with her new show - This Wheel’s on Fire. Extending the repertoire of her acclaimed CD, Hard Rain - The songs of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen, Barb interprets new material by Dylan, Cohen, Springsteen, Steely Dan, Jagger and Richards, and Richard Thompson. Acknowledged as a unique interpreter of song, Barb’s passionate delivery, subtle interpretation, artistry and humour have all earned her cult status in Europe, the US and Australia. The Sunday Times has described her as ‘simply heartstopping’, while The New York Times says she is ‘sensational’. Tickets are £14. Details at www.barbjungr.com

Michael Messer and Ed Genis appear at the mill on Thursday, March 26. According to Time Out, they are one of the ‘best blues and roots duos in the world’. Michael is a slide guitar virtuoso, while Ed is a master rhythm guitarist.

Accompanied by Michael’s superb vocals, they perform a mesmerising show of original material, blues classics, roots and world music. Tickets are £14. Details at www.michaelmesser.co.uk.

The spring season continues on Friday, April 10, with Italian blues duo Veronica Sbergia and Max de Bernhardi (tickets £13.50), and Canadian singer/songerwriter Tia McGraff on Thursday, April 23 (tickets £13.50).

All shows are held in the mill’s restaurant. Music-goers can enjoy seasonal food from 6pm to 7.30pm. Music starts at 8pm.

Concert ticket prices cover music only. To book tickets call 01395 568521, or visit the mill shop.

Details of all gigs are available at www.ottertonmill.com/music/music-night-listings/

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