Theatre and Dance Previews
Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band
Christmas with Maddy Prior in Salisbury
The renowned folk singer is appearing at Salisbury City Hall for a special festive-themed show on Sunday 18th December.
Ex-Steeleye Span vocalist and renowned solo folk singer Maddy Prior is coming to Salisbury City Hall on Sunday 18th December to perform a very special festive-season themed show which will be a must for any local folk rock lover. She will be accompanied by the popular Carnival Band
The live show features Christmas classics played on medieval and modern instruments. Festive favourites such as 'The Holly and the Ivy' and 'I Saw Three Ships' rub shoulders with secular carols like 'The Boar's Head' and folk dance tunes like 'Old Joe Clark'.
If life is determined by a series of happy accidents, then somebody upstairs was beaming long and hard the day the Carnival Band happened across Maddy Prior.
Beginning as a one-off experiment for a Radio 2 Christmas Special, their collaboration has become an ongoing concern - with regular tours and five albums released.
With no Christmas tour last year, devotees of this hugely popular show will be delighted to hear that Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band will be coming together once more during the festive season 2007 with their unique celebratory show.
Like their previous seasonal excursions, this one sees Maddy and the Carnival Band put their unique stamp on a range of familiar (and not-so-familiar) festive material, while also exploring some new and exotic directions.
The Carnival Band themselves, and leader Andy Watts in particular, are accomplished musicians with a lust to restore energy into much of the stiff, dry, medieval and renaissance material they tackle.
They mix ancient, modern and ethnic instrumentation with a refreshingly cavalier attitude and plenty of humour, a quality they share with Maddy Prior.
"I love working with the chaps," Maddy said, "it's just so different and they're so off the wall.
"Coming from a folk background I can relate to a lot of their dances and early music, but anything less like serious academic concerts when we tour you can't imagine.
"When we go out at Christmas, it's all streamers, balloons and lunacy."
Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band perform 'Carols and Capers' at Salisbury City Hall on Sunday 18th December. tickets are priced at £13.50/£15.50 and can be obtained via the theatre box office on 01722 434434.
last updated: 21/11/07
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