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North Devon duo Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll share a love of traditional English fiddle music and also compose their own tunes. W Paul Sartin(Belshazzar’s Feast, Faustus, Bellowhead) is joining them as guest tutor for our 2019 Fiddle Weekend. They will be giving an informal concert for participants and members of the public to hear them in action.
Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll
first collaborated on a busking trip around Spain and Portugal. Since then, they have made a strong impact on the British folk scene and received national and international acclaim. The duo’s compositions and their interpretations of traditional English tunes and songs are influenced by a wide range of musical cultures: “We are inspired by the people we meet and the places we’ve been.” Their style is unique; Becki’s melodic, emotive violin and viola blends with Nick’s driving fiddle chords and powerful vocals to create a rich, captivating sound. As well as performing, Nick & Becki’s work varies from recording symphonic string arrangements for the Angel Brothers to running community group ‘The Folk Orchestra of North Devon’ for Wren Music.
A singer, oboist, violinist, composer and arranger, Paul was member of multi-award winning Bellowhead; and continues to work in BBC Folk Award-nominated ensembles Belshazzar’s Feast, and Faustus, recipients of the German Critics Award.
Paul is Director of the Andover Museum Loft Singers, and has 25 years’ experience of teaching, as a peripatetic, at university level, and as workshop and course facilitator for TAPS, Halsway Manor, Aldeburgh Music, EFDSS, Stones Barn, the National Youth Orchestra, and at numerous festivals.
Co-editor of ‘Hampshire Dance Tunes’ (Hobgoblin), he has a particular interest in dance melodies of the south, and in fiddle-singing.
He was awarded a First for his Masters in Traditional Music, and in 2007 received a 75thAnniversary Award from the English Folk Dance and Song Society.