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GIG Melodeon Niepold, Askew and Braithwaite-Kilcoyne

Saturday 7 May 8pm–10pm, 2022



£6 concessions for students in full time education

An informal performance by tutors on the Halsway Manor DG Weekend

Hazel Askew (Lady Maisery, Askew Sisters) is a singer, multi-instrumentalist and composer from London, creating powerful music inspired by the folk traditions of England and beyond. She is one of the country’s leading melodeon players and one of the most experienced melodeon teachers in the UK. She developed the melodeon courses for EFDSS’s Saturday Folk Music School, which she still leads and has run courses/workshops for many organisations including Halsway Manor, FolkWorks at The Sage Gateshead, Melodeons & More, Adderbury Music Weekends and various festivals across the country. Hazel also teaches freelance workshops and one to one lessons, and long-distance over Skype!

Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne is well known on the English folk scene for his work with the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominated trio ‘Granny’s Attic’ and as a soloist. Originally from Birmingham, Cohen developed a keen love for melodeons and concertinas while still at primary school. Cohen’s main passion is for English traditional music and song, but his musical interests run broader than that, into Baroque music, ragtime and Victorian popular music – and he has been known to throw all of these into his performances and teaching. Cohen is an experienced teacher and has worked with students of all ages in workshops and on a one-on-one basis, both in England and abroad.

Anne Niepold (Belgium) is an extraordinary accordionist and composer. A passionate tutor with almost 20 years experience. Anne holds a masters degree in composition and arrangement from the prestigious Brussels Royal Conservatoire and has taught courses for all levels of ability across Belgium, and in France and Germany. As a performer she is a true force of nature; brash, adventurous and phenomenally skilled, she takes the humble accordion in startling directions. Beside her solo projects, she performs with numerous arts companies at home and abroad, and has numerous recordings to her name.