Counter’s Creek in Dorset

DRAWING on the heritage of folk music from the British Isles and beyond, acoustic folk-jazz quartet Counter’s Creek bring their original music – foot-tapping jigs and reels, heart-wrenching songs and 4-part harmonies, dance grooves from Eastern Europe and West Africa and a whole lot more –on 10th and 11th February to Winfrith Newburgh and Wootton Fitzpaine with Artsreach.

Featuring Ben Cox (voice/flute/whistles/harmonium), Jonathan Taylor (flute/whistles), Tom Newell (violin/banjo) and Moss Freed (guitar), the quartet provides an evening of exciting, uplifting entertainment, with virtuoso performances by engaging and witty musicians who convey their passion for contemporary British and Irish folk music in their playing as well as encouraging the audience to join them in sea shanties and four-part harmony!

Between them, the four musicians have performed at most of the UK’s leading folk and jazz festivals, played with pop acts including Muse and One Direction, appeared on Strictly Come Dancing and in numerous stage shows in the West End and around the UK. Their combination of tightly arranged, intricate music with improvisational flair and daring performances will entertain all music-lovers, and their energetic jigs and reels will make you want to dance the night away!

Their album, The Careful Placement of Stones, was praised by the folk magazine FATEA as “probably the best jazz-folk album that you will hear this year.” Counter’s Creek will be at the village halls in Winfrith Newburgh on Saturday 10th February, and Wootton Fitzpaine hall on Sunday 11th, both at 7.30pm.

Photograph by Ron Milsom