Acclaimed folk duo Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith will be appearing at Halsway Manor near Crowcombe on Sunday 7 May at 7pm, for an early-evening ‘unplugged’ performance.

“Every now and then an act jumps out at you and knocks you back,” says folk broadcaster Mike Harding. “Top notch” is the verdict of Folk Radio, “rousing stuff” say the Observer, while “Everyone at fRoots is pretty excited about Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith, and for good reason” (fRoots Magazine).

Jimmy and Sid arrived on the scene in 2014 with their unique style of strong harmony singing and considered musical arrangements. Recent album ‘Night Hours’ (Fellside Records) won the duo both critical and audience acclaim, with the pair becoming festival favourites last year, and their success is set to continue with a new album released this summer.

Jimmy and Sid play traditional and original folksong of the British Isles. They tell stories of hardship, joy, struggle and celebration held together with driving banjo and guitar arrangements and close vocal harmonies. They have both been heavily influenced by the songs and singers of East Anglia, where they both grew up, but their music also reflects the diversity of voices within the folk and acoustic world. They weave traditional English folksong with Irish, Scottish and American tunes, and their own compositions draw on many different styles.

The songs on their new album have been picked up from sessions, singarounds, gigs, recordings and learned from friends. The stories are varied but there is a common thread of political struggle and resistance, and the decline of the industries that were the backbone of England for many generations.

Halsway Manor, National Centre for Folk Arts, has been established as a charity since 1965. Nestling at the foot of the Quantock Hills, it provides a year-round programme of events and activities in traditional folk music, dance, song, storytelling, folklore and related arts and crafts. There’s ample free parking onsite, a bar and – of course – beautiful atmospheric settings for concerts with wonderful acoustics, and a chance to catch-up with the artists over a drink afterwards!

Tickets for the gig are priced £10 / £4 for anyone in full-time education. To book, call 01984 618274 (option 1), email office@halswaymanor.org.uk or buy securely online www.halswaymanor.org.uk.