The Emily Askew Band
St Mary’s Church, Totnes on Saturday September 15 at 7.30pm
The exciting sounds of shawms, medieval bells and percussion will feature amongst an array of instruments as the Emily Askew Band perform music from their album Alchemy in Totnes on Saturday 15th September.
Described as “one of the albums of the year” by The Times, and as “mixing folk and early music with beauty and precision” in the Guardian, their concert spans five centuries of music – including Spanish villancicos, French troubadour songs, English dances, and traditional tunes arranged for three fiddles.
Multi-instrumentalist Emily Askew is a familiar face on the folk scene as one of The Askew Sisters, and performed with the band recently at the Sidmouth Folk Week, but she is equally at home with early music.
After gaining a first in Early Music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Emily has played with top ensembles including the Dufay Collective and Joglaresa.
She and the band enjoy combining early repertoire and instruments including vielle, viola d’amore, bagpipes shawm, medieval bells and recorders with guitars, fiddles and percussion, to deliver an exciting blend of historically informed performance with contemporary folk influences.
Emily’s fellow performers are fiddle and viola d’amore player John Dipper, singer/guitarist/fiddler Jamie Roberts, and percussionist Simon Whitaker.
John teaches on the Folk Music degree course at Newcastle University, while Jamie’s career has taken him to the Cambridge and Cropredy folk festivals, and seen him twice nominated for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Simon is an experienced multi-percussionist, whose experience since leaving Trinity College of Music with a first includes touring Brazil with a samba band!
“Alchemy” is the first concert in the new Totnes Early Music Society (TEMS) season for 2018/19.
The second, “Baroque Gems”, features a quartet of prize-winning post-graduate students from the Royal College of Music in October, before top harpsichordist Steven Devine and soprano Kate Semmens bring a fortepiano to showcase music by Haydn and Mozart in November.
2019 will see concerts from outstanding young recorder players Flauti d’Echo in January; a celebration of music by Bach for violin and harpsichord from Duo Dorado in March; and the exciting wind band Syrinx will bring the season to a close next April.
TEMS membership offers a big reduction on ticket prices – see the Society’s website, totnesearlymusic.org.uk for details. TEMS concerts are open to all, with tickets for just £5 for under 18s.
The Emily Askew Band will be appearing at St Mary’s Church in Totnes at 7.30pm on Saturday 15th September.
Advance tickets are £13, available from the Dartington Box Office (01803 847070) and website (www.dartington.org/whats-on), with tickets for under 18s at £5. Tickets on the door at St Mary’s will be £14/£5.