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GIG: European Folk feat. Paul James, Merit Zloch and Maarten Decombel

Sunday 17 Apr 8pm–10pm, 2022

  • £12 - Adults
  • £6 - Concessions

Concessionary priced tickets are available to children and students - of any age - in full-time education.

Join us for an evening of European folk music with tutors from the Halsway European Weekend, and debut performances of new ensemble pieces created by course participants.

Paul James is a bagpiper, saxophonist, singer and composer from England and now lives in Belgium. Paul makes music influenced by English and European folk/folklore traditions. He is best known as a member of the highly influential band Blowzabella. He has been playing traditional folk music since he was a teenager. Some of the tunes he has composed are “standards” in the modern British/European folk repertoire and are played by people all over the world.

Merit Zloch is a harpist, composer and music teacher. She sees herself in the tradition of the itinerant harp players of the 19th and early 20th century, travelling with her harp throughout Europe charming people with her original compositions and arrangements of historical dance music.

She has played in bands almost as long as she has played the harp and is constantly fascinated by the interplay between musicians. She likes to arrange und develop pieces together with her band colleagues and to improvise.

Merit researches historical dance manuscripts and organises musicians meetings, bals and instrumental workshop weekends.

Maarten Decombel played his first chords at the age of nine, discovered the folk guitar as a teenager and went on to study classical guitar at the conservatory with Yves Storms, alongside jazz guitar. His style can be described as a unique combination of pumping energy and subtle lyrique. He’s currently involved in Snaarmaarwaar, MandolinMan and Naragonia Quartet. Recently, he’s been working with Gilles Chabenat & Tondo, Jim Boyes and Ialma. His concerts have taken him all over Europe, also to Canada, China, Brazil and Japan. Maarten is often in demand as teacher of folk guitar and ensemble and he also teaches at the music academy of Deinze.