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Music Editorial

drystones19.jpg Violin! Guitar! Whistle!

This duo from Priddy in Somerset have perhaps the folkiest of all folk band names: The Drystones. They are thrilling live and will be setting The Witham alight this May.

So young! And yet so bloody talented! And it’s a talent that hasn’t gone unnoticed with more people jumping aboard their charabanc all the time. They released their first album when they were only sixteen and their third, ‘We Happy Few’, in 2017. It includes an intoxicating mix of their own compositions, arrangements of traditional and current folk tunes, mostly instrumental, but with three songs including an excellent cover of Martin Carthy’s reinterpretation of ‘My Son John’. For a duo they have a remarkably big sound, a sound which saw them receive a nomination for the 2018 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award. They’ve also played a host of folk festivals as well as Glastonbury where they were Steve Lamacq’s Recommendation Of The Day. They’re very energetic live performers – that’s youth for you – and they’re sure to go down a storm at the lovely Withal.

The Drystones, Saturday 11 May, The Witham, Horse Market, Barnard Castle, 7.30pm, £14 door/£12 adv. thewitham.org.uk