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Bridport Arts Newsletter
Music Monday 17 April, 2023 7:30pm

Maddy Prior and The Carnival Band

Chapel and Tavern

TICKETS: £24.50

Having spent their long and distinguished career of collaboration exploring Christmas and timeless religious music, Maddy Prior & The Carnival Band’s new tour Chapel and Tavern sees them celebrate the lives and culture of ordinary folk. The first half of the concert takes place in the chapel, featuring the vigorous and enthusiastic music of the church gallery bands in an era when hymn writers happily took their inspiration from theatre music and popular song. After the interval we’re in the tavern for rousing performances of catches, ballads, theatre songs and dance tunes. Both take the audience back to the chaotic London of Hogarth’s Gin Lane and the riotous world of Swift, Smollett and Thackeray, the enthusiastic singing of early Methodists and the village bands fondly remembered by Thomas Hardy. Cherish your soul before you let the old Adam and Eve run riot….

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Reviews

“Maddy’s voice is clear as a bell. It actually sounds as if there’s a celebration going on”

THE GUARDIAN

"Maddy Prior is in enchanting form. The Carnival Band is an accomplished bunch whose engaging use of classical, folk and other influences defies shorthand definition"

SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

“if you haven’t seen them before you’re in for a treat”

OXFORD MAIL

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