Line UP 2020
As you'll be expecting Dirk's gig in April is cancelled. We have been working behind the scenes so that this gig can happen in mid December 2020. We are aiming for Saturday 12 December, or possibly Friday 11th Dec. We are currently looking for a venue and will be in touch as soon as we have more good news!
Dirk Powell, USA legend of Cajun, Old-Time and Appalachian music.
Dirk Powell musician, writer, producer, composer, studio owner, theatre and art centre director, brilliant Cajun accordionist and vocalist, residing in Southwest Louisiana. He's considered one of the world's leading experts on traditional Appalachian fiddle and banjo styles, along with carrying on the traditions of his late and legendary father-in-law Dewey Balfa of the Balfa Brothers, as the accordion player in the legendary Cajun band Balfa Toujours. His roots in Kentucky and his commitment to Creole and Cajun culture have fused with early classical training to form an artistic palette and vision that are unique in today's musical environment. In addition to his own performances, he has toured with Eric Clapton, Joan Baez, Rhiannon Giddens, Linda Ronstadt, Jack White, Loretta Lynn, and many more. His work in film including the acclaimed Cold Mountain, has found him collaborating with producers such as T Bone Burnett, and directors like Anthony Minghella and Ang Lee. In 2018, he toured with both Rhiannon Giddens and Joan Baez selling out the Festival Hall for 3 nights. He is the musician's musician of choice and an incredibly nice guy!
Renowned fiddle player and teacher, Jock is the fiddle tutor to be found at several camps and universities. He is perhaps best known for his fiddling in Cajun bands such as The Flatville Aces and the Bearcats, and old time bands including The Wagon Hoppers as well as more off-the-wall antics with The New Rope String Band. He's toured worldwide with his regular bands and US legends such as Eddie LeJeune. Jock nurtures a long-time passion for Southern Appalachian old time fiddling and has toured with Riley Baugus , Martha Scanlan and many more.
Vera van Heeringen
Vera is originally from Holland, but now settled in the hills of northern Powys, Wales. A consummate guitarist, highly acclaimed by her contemporaries, she brings the instrument to life in way that is entirely her own. She is well known for her big guitar sound and has worked on the acoustic music scene in Europe for the last decade and developed a reputation as a strong guitarist, back-up player on guitar, bass and fiddle in several Cajun and old-time bands. Vera plays with The Flatville Aces and has toured with Sheryl Cormier, the late Eddie LeJeune and Dirk Powell and more. She is an incredible singer songwriter appearing with her trio at prestigious folk festivals around Europe.