Classical folk music in town

PUBLISHED: 14:55 03 June 2009 | UPDATED: 23:36 15 June 2010

CLASSICAL folk music will be drifting from St Paul s Church, when Sue King and George Hill perform.

CLASSICAL folk music will be drifting from St Paul's Church, when Sue King and George Hill perform.

Their repertoire will include tunes by the 17th century harpist Turlough O'Carolan, Scottish bagpipe tunes, traditional songs and tunes from Ireland, Scotland and across the Atlantic to the New World.

They will sing and accompany themselves on guitar, bazouki, mandola and banjo.

George and Sue have been playing music together since they met at the Edinburgh folk festival in April 1994. George, from Scotland, introduced Sue to the beauty and variety of Scottish traditional music, whilst together they have explored repertoire from Ireland, America and Canada. Sue also taught George repertoire from Cornwall, where she lived for 18 years before moving, with George, to East Devon in 1996.

Sue will be joined by guest Kate Thomson, a flautist and singer from Cornwall, who first met Sue when they studied music together in 1995. Sue went on to study classical music at Exeter University, whilst Kate is a well-known performer and choir leader in her home town of Constantine, in West Cornwall. She is also a much sought-after soloist and conducts her own choir. Both Sue and Kate have been guest soloists with choirs including the East Cornwall Bach Choir, the Exeter University choir, Wadebridge Male Voice choir and choirs in West Cornwall. Sue also regularly tours Germany performing folk music as a soloist, and was, for a while, a singer of Renaissance song with the lutenist Ben Salfield. She currently teaches music at Mill Water School, in Honiton, and coaches students in voice and guitar at several other schools in Exeter and East Devon.

Kate will perform some self-penned folk songs, as well as sing and play with both Sue and George in a concert of folk music with the emphasis on the lyrical rather than the rumbustious.

George, Kate and Sue will perform tunes and songs from their albums Both Sides the Tweed and Bedlam Bess as well as Sue's latest album of folk songs.

The event will take place at St Paul's Church, Honiton, on Saturday, June 20, at 7.30pm and all proceeds will go to St Paul's Church Fund.

Tickets are £6 and are available by calling (01404) 41429 or visit the Tourist Information Centre, in Lace Walk car park.

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