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Local favourites share a double bill and make the strings sing; Folk.


CELTIC rock meets blues and jazz when two major local acts share the billing in Coventry tomorrow.

Electric fiddle ace Joe O'Donnell appears with the latest line-up of his acclaimed Celtic fusion band Shkayla.

Now based in Coventry, Joe was a leading light in the 1970s Irish and UK folk rock scene, working with guitar legend Rory Gallagher, Gary Moore, Thin Lizzy's Phil Lynott and former Steeleye Span members Terry and Gaye Woods. Joe was also a member of cult rock band East Of Eden.

Named after the Gaelic word for stories, Shkayla has earned excellent reviews for their latest album, Celtic Cargo.

It features 11 tracks of tunes and songs from Ireland, Scotland and Brittany, performed with powerful rock and funk rhythms and arrangements.

Warwick's popular singer and double-bass player, Kel Elliott also appears at the concert at Warwick Arts Centre with her full sevenpiece line-up complete with trumpet, trombone and sax.

Daughter of Irish guitar and fiddle duo Paul and Glen, Kel was introduced to the folk circuit from the age of five and has flourished as a musician with local line-ups Little Chuck Little and Molly Brown.

Her debut album How Could I Resist? is also winning a great response with original material performed in an energetic bluesy jazz style with Kel's rich and powerful vocals well to the fore.

The concert starts at 7.45pm.

Tickets 024 7652 4524.

RISING roots star Ruth Notman appears at Rugby Roots tomorrow. She started out in Midlands folk clubs as a 13-year old and released her critically acclaimed album Threads at the age of 18 after reaching the finals of the BBC Young Folk awards.

The show starts at 8pm in Lawrence Sherriff School with support duo Barry & Chloe Hunt.

Details 01788 567338.


FOLK STARS... Coventrybased electric fiddle virtuoso Joe O'Donnell (main), and (inset) Warwick's popular doublebass player Kel Elliott will perform in concert tomorrow.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Mar 6, 2009
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