Furness Tradition presents
Acoustic Afternoon: Set 1
Saturday 9 July 12-1.45pm, Supper Room
Hear Furness Tradition Festival acts unplugged and in a different light ahead of their performances at the Big Merry Neet, with acoustic sets from Alice Jones, Janice Burns & Jon Doran.
An Anglo-Scottish duo whose dynamic performances are a celebration of their own musical and geographic backgrounds, Jon Doran and Janice Burns embrace the differences that connect them. Their songs span the depths of our history; songs that, regardless of age, tell vivid stories about the nature of life, from the ethereal landscapes of ancient ballads to the urban rhythms of work songs. Their compelling storytelling comes alive through tight vocal harmonies and sensitive interplay between mandolin and bouzouki, with arrangements that balance intricacy with energy.
Alice Jones is a singer, multi-instrumentalist and dancer from Ripponden in West Yorkshire. Her background is deeply rooted in the English folk tradition and the music that she makes instantly reflects this strong influence. Alice sings mostly traditional songs accompanying herself on the piano or harmonium and sometimes only with foot percussion. The sensitive and intuitive arrangements of each song allow the stories to take centre stage and, inspired by her beginnings as a percussive dancer, they are loaded with a rhythm and energy that portrays her dancer’s heartbeat. Her distinctive voice and innovative style lends a fresh, modern perspective to traditional material and brings new life to old songs.