Norwich trio bring a touch of Americana to St Albans

PUBLISHED: 17:54 22 January 2018 | UPDATED: 18:09 22 January 2018

Americana trio Alden, Patterson and Dashwood will appear at Folk at the Maltings in St Albans

Americana trio Alden, Patterson and Dashwood will appear at Folk at the Maltings in St Albans

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One of the acts already confirmed for this summer’s Folk by the Oak music festival in Hatfield will be performing in the county next month.

Americana trio Alden, Patterson and Dashwood will play Folk at the Maltings in St Albans on Friday, February 2.

The concert in The Maltings will also include sets from singer-songwriter Julian Mount, and New Roots finalist Rose Ford.

Norwich-based folk / Americana trio Alden, Patterson and Dashwood is made up of Christina Alden on vocals and guitar, Alex Patterson on violin and mandolin and Noel Dashwood on dobro and vocals.

Their music takes influences from folk traditions from both sides of the Atlantic, with uplifting instrumentals and self-penned songs depicting tales of young travellers, sleepy seas and their affection for home.

The trio weaves rich vocal harmonies, fiddle, dobro, guitar and mandolin around beautifully written original songs and melodies.

Their independently-released debut album Call Me Home, released in November 2016, has been highly rated by reviewers.

At that time, they were not known widely outside their native East Anglia.

However, during the past year they have established a reputation nationally.

This includes making a mark in our area, based on appearances at The Maltings in January 2017 and Kimpton Folk Festival in July.

They will be playing the smaller Acorn Stage at Hatfield House music festival Folk by the Oak this summer.

Julian Mount is passionate about folk, roots and acoustic music.

He plays acoustic guitar, writes his own songs and plays songs by others, too.

Julian’s songs are thought provoking, full of wit and highlight his quirky perspective on people, places and situations.

In 2017, he won the Watford Folk Club song writing competition.

New Roots 2017 finalist Rose Ford is a British folk singer/songwriter and musician hailing from south-east London.

Her debut single Wild Disappointment came out in 2014 and her debut EP was released in June last year.

The daughter of musicians, Rose Ford began learning instruments at an early age.

Her intimate writing style is of the alternative folk-pop genre and her lyrics reference mythology, poetry and fiction.

Tickets for the gig, which starts at 8pm, cost £12, students and concessions £11, and under-18s £7.50.

They are available on the door or in advance, by booking online at, by phone on 0333 666 3366 or in person at St Albans Central Library.

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