A folk music tapestry

THE Artsreach autumn programme gets under way with the Scottish folk group Firelight Trio, playing music from across European traditions, at Cranborne’s Cecil Memorial Hall on Friday 6th October, Buckland Newton village hall on Saturday 7th and Drimpton village hall on Sunday 8th, all at 7.0pm.

With more than 25 years of experience as professional musicians in bands including Moishe’s Bagel, Gavin Marwick’s Journeyman and more, Firelight Trio’s repertoire is built upon a bedrock of European folk music, encompassing both traditional material and superb original compositions which are strongly influenced by the band members’ individual, diverse and broad musical experience.

Combining the many gifts of Phil Alexander’s accordion, Gavin Marwick’s fiddle and Ruth Morris’s Swedish nyckelharpa, Firelight Trio weaves a rich tapestry that ranges from lively Swedish polskas and Scottish reels to lilting French waltzes, toe tapping klezmer and dazzling original tunes.

As well as the concerts, there will also be a folk dance workshop in Buckland Newton on Saturday 7th, from 4.30 to 6pm. Firelight Trio and their resident dance expert Ruth Morris will lead the Balfolk dance workshop, including wonderful European dances such as the Chapeloise, Mazurka and Schottishe, with live accompaniment from Firelight Trio. It is open to everyone, all ages, and no previous experience required – book on 01300 345455