16th Dec 2017



Eclectic folk and early music band presents seasonal music with a difference

Well-known carols such as I saw Three Ships and Angels from the Realms of Glory will be given a fresh look when The Carnival Band come to Shirley Methodist Church on Saturday 16th December 2017 at 7.00pm with their unique take on music for the festive season. Many of the familiar Christmas carols that we enjoy have their roots in the music of earlier times, and the concert will include street ballads, songs and dances that range from the middle ages to the present day. Between them the band play over 20 instruments from medieval shawms and bagpipes to contemporary guitar, drums and bass. Their songs cover an amazing spectrum, from traditional English folk to cool jazz and Latin beats, and there are even some singing animals! There is plenty of variety as the band move from Tudor feasting with the Boar’s Head Carol through the centuries to the band’s contemporary and occasionally humorous take on the modern celebration of Christmas. There is something for everyone.

Firm favourites with audiences throughout the UK, thanks to their frequent collaborations with Maddy Prior, the band have toured as far afield as Japan, the Middle East and Sudan. They have been called ‘Henry VIII’s Rock ‘n Roll Band’ and as well as the music of past centuries, they embrace folk, world music and even classical styles to create a very special sound that is all their own. Their relaxed style and easy rapport with the audience goes hand in hand with first-class musicianship and a sense of fun.

The concert is suitable for all ages and is the perfect start to the Christmas Season.

PROMOTER and tickets available from The Revd David T Meachem

17 Hazeloak Road, Shirley, Solihull B90 2AZ

Tel: 0121 744 3640 Mob: 07718 171806

Email: [email protected]

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