Maddy Prior 2

Maddy Prior, Giles Lewin and Hannah James proved as popular as ever with a total sell-out; the magnificent Banqueting Hall at the Whitworth was packed to the gunnels with a very appreciative crowd.

We were introduced to a project they have underway around the theme of “birds”. One of the first pieces was “Murmurations”; after an interesting introduction of how a murmuration of starlings worked, the song proved to be a fascinating piece based on sevens.

The voices of all three musicians, led by Maddy, made perfect harmony and they made ample use of this with the many a’capella songs they performed, particularly the lively, close harmony, “Three Drunken Maidens”.

Each performer had their moment, as with James Lewin who sang the vocal to “Flying Boy”, about a boy who dreams of flying.

As well as James’ amazing violin playing and pipes, we were also treated to Hannah’s energetic clog dancing as well as a superb accordion solo, a preview of something she will be performing on her upcoming “Jigdoll” show at the Whitworth later in the year.

Unusually for them, some Americana influence crept in with “The Eye”.

The evening drew to a close with the traditional “Field of The Cloth of Gold”.

This proved a classic folk evening, just what you expect from this trio.

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