Road Warriors at Dorchester

THE September line-up of music with Dorchester Arts at the Corn Exchange is eclectic and impressive, featuring hard-working musicians from the worlds of folk, popular music and jazz, and starting on Friday 13th with the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award winners, vocal-guitar duo Josie Duncan and Pablo Lafuente.

Calling the Isle of Lewis and Spain home respectively, their music traverses nationalities. With Josie singing in Gaelic, Scots and English, their repertoire ranges from centuries-old ballads to Gaelic puirt a beul, songs from the mines and cotton mills, as well as some original writing.

Josie is a recent graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where she studied with some of the masters of the Scottish and Gaelic traditions. Pablo Lafuente studied guitar and fiddle at the National Centre for Excellence in Traditional Music and has put down cultural roots in Scotland, exploring the tradition to its deepest core.

Beverley Craven makes a welcome return to the Dorchester Arts stage on Friday 20th with two of her favourite musicians, Julia Fordham and Judie Tzuke, and a string quartet, in an intimate one-off show featuring songs and stories spanning her (almost) 30-year career as a singer/songwriter and performer. Featuring special guest star, Judie Tzuke.

Road Warrior is the new album from the Quentin Collins Sextet, who come to Dorchester on Wednesday 26th September. As one of the hardest working and in-demand internationally renowned jazz trumpet players, Quentin Collins has formed an all-star band which is a progression of his quintet with alto sax ace, Tom Harrison. On this tour, Quentin celebrates the release of Road Warrior, which features pianist Dan Nimmer, the star of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. The album is a musical depiction of life as a touring musician, which all of these artists know too well.

Pictured: Josie Duncan and Pablo Lafuente; Beverley Craven; Quentin Collins.