The Scene: East meets west for festival of folk

Share this article
Have your say

Two bands working at either end of the folk spectrum will combine for a fantastic night of live music.

Pennyless, based in Stamford and Bourne, and Nottingham’s MuHa will play at King’s Cliffe Memorial Hall from 7.30pm tomorrow (Saturday).

Pennyless are fast becoming one of the most popular folk groups in the area. The widely-travelled troubadours perform a varied mix of traditional and original songs served up with their own dose of jubilation and extravagance.

Their ability to meander through soft dainty folk songs is led by the beautiful voice of Penny Stevens.

She is accompanied by the astonishing ability of Graham Dale on all sorts of instruments and the wonderful powerhouse guitar playing of Les Woods, driving great celtic jigs and reels.

MuHa take their influences from much further afield, influenced by the multicultural UK society.

The band put on a great live folk rock show, entertaining with skilled musicianship. The powerful vocals of Iryna Muha engage with audiences through a variety of languages and catchy grooves.

They combine the melodic beauty of Eastern European folklore, North Indian Kathak rhythms, Cuban beats, Western European influence and original lyrics from Hindi to old Russian and modern Ukrainian.

Prepare to be mesmerized with a musical feast rooted in the Slavonic tradition.

Both bands were seen recently at Peterborough Folk and Rootz Festival at Charters and both perform nationally, with several CD’s released to good reviews.

The gig is sponsored the Castor Ales brewery, based near Peterborough, and real ale will be available to buy on the night.

People are welcome to bring their own drinks and there will be informal seating so nibbles are also allowed.

Doors at King’s Cliffe Memorial Hall in Eagle Lane, PE8 6XB, open at 7pm. Music starts at 7.30pm and there will be an interval.

Tickets are £8 on the door or from Penny on 07875 192054.

Visit Pennyless or MuHa online.

The Scene is open to any band, artist or performer wanting to promote a show. To be in it contact reporter Alex Moore on 01780 750441, e-mail or tweet @Mercury_Alex.