Winter Warmers folk music events 19-26 February

PUBLISHED: 13:43 10 February 2011 | UPDATED: 18:51 20 February 2013

Winter Warmers folk music events 19-26 February

Winter Warmers folk music events 19-26 February

Beaford Arts and Wren Music present a selection of folk music events to help you shake off those winter blues.

Beaford Arts and Wren Music present a selection of folk music events to help you shake off those winter blues.

Theyve played music for audiences in purpose-built venues across the globe, but some of the Westcountrys most renowned folk musicians are returning to their roots to perform in the small village communities of north Devon.

Two of the South Wests longest running arts organisations, Beaford Arts and Wren Music, have joined forces to offer this series of Winter Warmer music events.

Three communities are hosting the Winter Warmers, with different folk artists available at each of the village halls in Petrockstowe, Halwill Junction and Winkleigh.

The artists include Marilyn Tucker and Paul Wilson who are renowned for their strong vocal harmonies and instrumental variety. In their thirty years of professional experience they have performed at a staggering number and variety of venues, from Londons South Bank Centre, to a small hall concert for a fishing co-op on the shores of Newfoundland.

Songs they have written have been published and recorded, featured on TV and radio and performed by many other singers around the country. As well as being musicians themselves, they have a deep knowledge of folk music and are at the heart of national developments in music and education policy development. They also founded Wren Music in 1983, which they still run today.

Nick Wyke and Becki Driscoll are highly respected musicians and composers from north Devon. They first collaborated as a fiddle duo on a busking trip around Spain and Portugal. Since then they have made a strong impact on the British folk scene and received national and international radio play.

Their passion for English traditional music and the violin led to the development of their unique style. Beckis melodic, emotive violin and viola blend with Nicks driving fiddle chords and powerful vocals to create a rich, captivating sound.

Catherine Jones, programming and events manager at Beaford Arts said: We wanted something special and home-grown to kick off our spring season of events, so the idea of the Winter Warmers was born. Its also great to be working with such a well-respected organisation as Wren Music.

Wren spokesman Kevin Buckland said: The Winter Warmers events offer wonderful opportunities for local people to experience great folk artists. All of the Wren music singers and musicians are professional artists with international reputations. Last year they toured Canada and they will be off overseas again this year, as well as performing in major venues all over England. But when you think about it, this is just how folk music would have been enjoyed for hundreds of years, in intimate settings in villages across the Westcountry. We are looking forward to bringing the music back to its roots.

Go to for more information about and to listen to music by Nick Wyke and Becki Driscoll

Event details:

Suitable for all ages

Saturday 19th February, 7.30pm, Marilyn Tucker and Paul Wilson at Baxter Hall, Petrockstowe: Tickets 8(ad)/5(ch)/20(fam). Tel. 01837 810581. Snacks included in ticket price. Pay bar available.

Saturday 19th February, 7.30pm, Nick Wyke and Becki Driscoll at Halwill Junction Parish Hall: Tickets 8(ad)/6(ch)/22(fam). Tel. 01409 221470. Pasty, or vegetarian option, included in ticket price. Licensed bar. This event is fundraising for Winsford Trust.

Saturday 26th February, 7.30pm, Nick Wyke and Becki Driscoll at Winkleigh Village Hall: Tickets 7(ad)/5(ch)/20(fam). Tel. 01837 83407 or 01837 83366. Mulled wine and sausage rolls available.

Tickets for all events also available from Beaford Arts on 01805 603201 or online at

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