Wild Willy Barrett’s French Connection


Friday 24th November - 8.30pm
A Mange-Tout Far!

From a cafe in Paris, via a hoolie in Dublin, to a night out in New Orleans with rip-roaring fiddle and banjo – this band does it all! Touring in support of their new album, this diverse collection of very talented musicians has come together to put on a fabulous show under the direction of the inimitable Wild Willy Barrett.

French singer Aurora Colson takes centre stage, giving heartfelt performances of songs ranging from bluegrass to acoustic blues, with haunting Irish melodies and a even a touch of Piaf thrown into the mix; the result is captivating.

At the heart of the ensemble are the indisputable talents of multi-instrumentalist Wild Willy Barrett, cellist Mary Holland and Irish pipes and whistle player John Devine, whose outstanding musicianship was recently rewarded by an invitation to play in the presence of The Queen at Buckingham Palace. Speaking on Wild Willy Barrett’s French Connection, John says “it’s unlike anything you will ever see or hear with the range of music and musicianship. Willy holds it all together. He’s one of this country’s most overlooked musicians.

Barrett, best known for his partnership with John Otway, has had a long and varied career. He has toured with The Police, Madness and many more, has been guitarist for George Hamilton IV, was considered for Brian Jones’ replacement in the Rolling Stones, recorded ‘The Contemporary Folk Guitar’ album with Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, Gordon Giltrap & Ralph McTell.

But It is the gentler side of Barrett that emerges with French Connection, as well as the wry on-stage humour for which he is well known. Since their birth a couple of years ago, the group have gone from strength to strength, their innovative arrangements beautifully performed on instruments including the guitar, cello, fiddle, banjo and, of course, John’s lovingly restored uilleann pipes.

Come and enjoy a wonderful evening of unique and fresh musical entertainment, all overlaid with a large dose of wry humour and very different from anything else you will experience in the UK at the moment.

Doors open at 7.45pm


All tickets: £14.00

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