Rescheduled Daria Kulesh Quartet concert at Maltings Arts Theatre

The Daria Kulesh Quartet will play Folk at the Maltings in St Albans

The Daria Kulesh Quartet will play Folk at the Maltings in St Albans

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A rescheduled gig featuring a Hertfordshire-based singer of Russian and Ingush heritage will take place in St Albans next week.

Daria Kulesh will make her first appearance at the Maltings Arts Theatre with her new band, the Daria Kulesh Quartet, on Friday, July 6.

The Folk at the Maltings show will also feature singer Ben Moss and New Roots finalists Bow by Bow.

The concert was originally planned for Friday, March 2, but had to be postponed because of heavy snow.

Daria Kulesh has become well established on the local folk scene since her arrival from Russia and is now becoming increasingly known nationally.

In her new band, Daria is joined by leading young acoustic guitarist Tristan Seume, pianist Marina Osman from Belarus, and hammered dulcimer player Kate Rouse.

Daria’s debut album, Eternal Child, received enthusiastic reviews and was followed by a second album Long Lost Home.

This refers to Ingushetia, the Ingush Republic, or Ghalghai Mokh (Ghalghaiche), in the south of Russia, in the Caucasus Mountains and the Long Lost Home of Daria’s grandmother Fatima Akhrieva.

Daria’s songs are inspired by the region’s immense beauty, unique traditions and harrowing tragedy.

They include speaking out about the events of February 1944, when the Ingush along with the Chechens were deported from their homes on the orders of Joseph Stalin.

This has won her awards in both the UK and Russia.

Ben Moss is well-versed in the folk traditions of England, and of his home county of Devon.

Singing both traditional songs still relevant to our lives and original songs written to address the challenges we face in our society today, Ben accompanies himself on the fiddle, the melodeon, concertina and bouzouki.

Bow by Bow consists of Noah Walton on fiddle and Alex Duncalf on cello.

They have been busking on Oxford’s streets for five years, playing traditional English, Scottish, Irish and Breton tunes.

• Tickets for the gig cost £12, students and concessions £11, and under-18s £7.50.

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

Tickets for March 2 are valid for July 6 and holders do not need to pay again.

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