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Feast has so many strings attached; Folk.

Byline: PETE WILLOW

FEAST OF FIDDLES presents six of the best in Warwickshire next week.

The band is back at Rugby's LHawrence Sherriff School on Wednesday with an all-star line-up of bow men - Joe Broughton of the Albion Band, Ian Cutler of the Bully Wee Band, Tom Leary of Tanna, FTairport Convention's Chris Leslie, Steeleye Span's Peter Knight and ex-Battlefield Band fiddler Brian McNeil.

Dave Mattacks, Hugh Crabtree, Dave Harding, John Underwood and Martin Vincent provide the solid foundation of drums, melodeon, bass and guitars.

The show is now in its 13th year of touring and includes stirring fiddle rally medleys and a range of gorgeous airs combined with great stage craft and a dash of humour.

Plans are afoot to take Feast of Fiddles to the States next year so this might be the last chance to catch a UK tour for some time.

The show starts at 8pm and tickets cost pounds 13 from Sounds music shop, Church Street, Rugby, or 01788 567338.

AN American singer who found inspiration in British traditional music is the guest next week at The Tump Music Club in Brinklow.

Debra Cowan was resident singer at Edinburgh's top folk music pub Sandy Bell's Bar in the late 1990s following in the footsteps of Dick Gaughan, Aly Bain and the Wrigley Sisters. She now lives in Massachusetts and still tours the UK regularly.

It was a chance hearing of Steeleye Span in the early 70s that set her on the folk music path and she found herself spending her school lunch money on albums by British folk rock groups such as Fairport Convention, Pentangle and Jethro Tull.

Her album, The Long Grey Line, enjoys worldwide airplay and shows off her skills in telling powerful stories through song.

The show starts at 8.15pm on Thursday at the British Legion on Brinklow's Heath Lane. Phone 024 7671 4 370.

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FIDDLERS OF FUN... Folk violinists will take to the stage at Rugby's Lawrence Sherriff School on Wednesday.' TOP TURN... Tom Leary joins the line-up of the Feast of Fiddles.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Mar 31, 2006
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