James Patterson (Crows, Silas) and John Dipper (fiddler on The Hobbit, Poldark) have deep roots in the folk revival. Their sound, although anchored in that tradition, is in no way restricted by it. Their choice of material has origins in traditional song and the English classical song repertoires, that greatly influence the duo’s approach.
Independent of the source, a thoughtfulness and a deep seated musicality is brought to each arrangement. With Patterson’s smooth baritone floating gracefully over the accompaniment of guitar and Dipper’s sublime viola d’amore, the words and narrative are given the space that they truly deserve.
Dipper’s use of the 14 stringed viola d’amore is indicative of the way in which he pushes the boundaries of the tradition, respecting the beauty and depth of the heirlooms that we have inherited, while breaking convention. His viola d’amore is tuned in a specific way, which enables him to play harmonies and chords simply not possible on a standard instrument.
James’ voice was at the forefront of the band Crows, with Mick Ryan, Ralph Jordan and John Burge. His approach to the lyrics and his ability to phrase and judge each line, never obscuring the timeless sentiment, is legendary.
Combined, these musicians react to each other’s performance in the most effortless, yet spontaneous and dynamic way possible. Their music truly is precision with a soul.
Tickets £17 (£15 advance) / Concessions £15 (£13 advance)