An evening performance from two of the finest players of the Melodeon performing together as a duo. Anne Niepold and Andy Cutting’s venture into collaboration as a duo was pause last year. So we are delighted they are coming together and performing their first UK date here at Halsway Manor.
Anne Niepold (Belgium) is an extraordinary accordionist and composer. She is also an enthusiastic and inspirational teacher with a great sense of fun!
Anne studied in the jazz department of the Royal Conservatory of Brussels and attended many courses and masterclasses. 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.
“(Anne) shows us the right way, that of intelligence, respect, emotion and heart. Run quickly listen to her and see her in concert!”
Richard Galliano, Accordionist
Andy Cutting is a rarity. A musician’s musician: a soulful and technically outstanding melodeon practitioner with an ear for a fine tune. Many of his tunes have been purloined along the way: some considered contemporary classics on the folk scene. But then, Andy is also a warm and emotive performer, modestly engaging his audiences with his self-deprecating wit and then flooring them with downright staggering musicianship. There are few melodeon players who put so much feeling into their playing, whether it be a set of dance tunes, or accompaniment to a slow English ballad.
Andy has been a consistent musical force since he came swiftly to prominence with the innovative Blowzabella. playing for many years with Kate Rusby, June Tabor, John McCusker and Under One Sky to name but a few. As well as a thorough grounding in the English tradition, Andy’s influences extend way beyond these isles, particularly to the music of Central France and to the storming Quebecois tradition. These influences will be well-known to all those familiar with Andy’s duo with English fiddle player, guitarist and singer, Chris Wood. Wood & Cutting became one of the most influential, and enduring duos on the scene; paving the way for the explosion of many of today’s new artists. Andy is currently working with Leveret, Topette, Martin Simpson, Anne Niepold, Blowzabella, Roger Daltry (playing various charity gigs), and is a regular tutor for the National Youth Folk Ensemble.
He has been awarded the BBC Radio 2 Folk Musician of the year an unprecedented three times, 2008, 2011 and 2016.