Rheingans at the Beehive Centre

THE  brilliant Rheingans Sisters will be at Honiton Beehive on Saturday 23rd September.

The sisters – Rowan and Anna – are two of the UK’s leading contemporary folk musicians. They are coming to the Beehive Centre at Honiton on Saturday 23rd September on a short tour which includes John Wesley’s New Room in Bristol on the morning of Wednesday 20th September and the Prince Albert at Stroud on Sunday 24th.

The sisters make playful, powerful music that is wholly contemporary while deeply anchored in folk traditions. They are award-winning multi-instrumentalists, composers and folk scholars, and were nominated for Best Duo/Group at the 2019 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Over the last five years they have produced three critically acclaimed albums and won a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award win for Best Original Track in 2016, as well as delighting audiences across the UK, Europe and Australia with their energetic and engaging live performances.

Drawing on pan-European musical scholarship and a spirited mission to make connections between the music of different geographical roots, they have developed a rich artistic approach to the deconstruction and reimagining of traditional music alongside their own beguiling compositions. Performing live, the sisters are full-hearted performers and spontaneous, on-stage improvisors, with adventurous use of fiddles, voices, banjo, bansitar, tambourin à cordes, spoken word, dancing feet and percussion.

Many of their instruments are hand-made by their luthier father Helmut Rheingans, who is based in their native Peak District.