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The Carrivick Sisters & Blair Dunlop - 13 April 2013

Artist's website: The Carrivick Sisters / Blair Dunlop

The Carrivick Sisters:

"Formidable multi-instrumental skills and songwriting maturing at such a steep curve they’ll soon be orbiting far beyond anyone else” - Q Magazine 4 ****

“Jaw-droppingly talented”- Flying Shoes of ‘From The Fields’

“Demonstrating rare instrumental and vocal superiority that puts their colleagues to shame” - Maverick Magazine 5*****

Identical twin sisters Charlotte and Laura Carrivick have grown up playing and writing music together. Their unique style shows their strong bluegrass influences without obscuring their English roots. With tight harmonies that only siblings can achieve, they perform their original songs on guitar, fiddle, mandolin, dobro and clawhammer banjo. They have performed both in the UK and internationally.

The current year has marked the Carrivick Sisters journey from youthful pretenders to serious contenders, from teenage promise to the rich assurance of young adulthood - now securely positioned as one of the UK’s leading young folk duo.

A few highlights since 2006 that you might like to glance through (too many to list all!)

Winners of the South West Buskers and Street Entertainers Competition gaining them their first of many slots at Glastonbury Festival.

Four times winners of BBC 3’s Upstage Talent Show.

Laura achieved 2nd place at the RockyGrass Fiddle Contest in America.

Invited to SxSW in Texas

Invited to tour in Canada & across Europe (twice)

BBC Young Folk Awards runners-up (2010)

BBC’s Womans Hour session

Band/Duo of the Year in the 2011 FATEA Awards.

Charlotte won 1st place in both Old-time banjo and fiddle at FOAOTMAD (2012)

Blair Dunlop:

In February 2012 Blair was a finalist in the BBC Young Folk Award. Spring 2012 saw him tour with The Albion Band and working solo again in the UK and Italy. He completed the recording of his debut album ‘Blight & Blossom‘ and toured England in ‘The Lady: A Homage to Sandy Denny’.

"The British folk scene has produced a series of impressive dynasties, and this looks like the start of yet another. Blair Dunlop is the 20-year-old son of Ashley Hutchings, famed for his role as co-founder of Fairport Convention, and this assured debut set shows that he is already an accomplished guitarist and singer, with considerable potential as a song-writer. His style is impressively varied, switching from thoughtful, drifting ballads to more upbeat songs, often with an American country or bluegrass edge, and a series of covers. It's often his instrumental work that is most distinctive, from the finger-picking guitar on Secret Theatre (his contribution to the "who wrote Shakespeare?" debate) to the piano playing on The Gown, another unlikely ballad, dealing with the Mormon belief that women can become angels. Elsewhere, he tackles more predictable topics, from stifled lives to the dumbing down of the arts. He's at his best on the traditional Black Is the Colour and a bleak, previously unrecorded Richard Thompson song, Seven Brothers." [The Guardian, October 2012]