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June 2024

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Nancy Kerr and James Fagan are not only two of the most engaging people you could ever wish to meet but also two of the finest musicians you could ever wish to see, and they proved this time and time again when they played  for us at Music at Mottram.

Every song had a story, every cover version had a reason for its inclusion in the set. The musicianship was wonderful, Nancy alternating between guitar and fiddle, James moving with aplomb between guitar and bazouki, and both providing vocals of the highest quality and emotional depth.

Highlights of the first half, which opened with Queen of Waters, included Sir Richard's Song (based on a Kipling poem arranged by Pete Bellamy), a trio of instrumentals, the traditional Barbra Allen, the beautiful Through the Trees, the Anglo Australian Convicts Lament before Broadside heralded a well earned break.

The second half started in furious style with the Northumbrian instrumental Sir John Fenwick and a fabulous version of Nic Jones' Farewell to the Gold. The Ant and the Grasshopper/the Dark Honey followed, along with the self penned Fragile Water and a cover of Roy Bailey's The Herald of Free Enterprise. Gingerbread, Roll Your Sweet Rain and When the Boat Comes In brought the set to a close before they returned to the stage one more time for a stunning rendition of Streams of Lovely Nancy.

Thus ended a superb evening of music by two fabulous musicians who demonstrated exactly why they are, one of the best duo's you are likely to see live this, or any other year.

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