Gala Concert showcases musical talent at the Maltings in St Albans

Allcock and Brown [Picture: Robert Greshoff Photography]

Allcock and Brown [Picture: Robert Greshoff Photography]

Robert Greshoff

A glorious Gala Concert will showcase a host of local musical talent in St Albans next week.

Allcock and Brown [Picture: Robert Greshoff Photography]Allcock and Brown [Picture: Robert Greshoff Photography]

The musical feast returns to the Maltings Arts Theatre on Tuesday, January 31, at 7.30pm.

First showcased in 2015, and the brainchild of local singer and accordionist Mike Ruff, the Gala Concert offers a new programme of traditional singers, songwriters and instrumentalists, all with links to St Albans.

Mike said: “St Albans has ties to a wonderful array of traditional musical talent and it’s my absolute pleasure to showcase them in such an intimate setting, one that’s so well suited to this genre of music and story-telling.”

Said The MaidenSaid The Maiden

Among those performing will be Mike himself, featuring as one half of Music Hall duo Allcock and Brown.

Said the Maiden will be kicking off their nationwide tour at the Maltings concert.

The folk trio blend beautiful harmonies with their arrangements of original and traditional material.

Irish piper James O’Grady will also take time out from touring the world, including stints playing at Glastonbury and fronting a Scottish orchestra, to play as part of the show.

Pete Morton, whose blend of contemporary idioms, powerful lyrics and traditional links make him a truly outstanding performer, and notable Irish music musician Chris Sadler, who has worked with some of the biggest names in Irish music, including John Devine of folk band Devines, also join the bill.

A free glass of wine or soft drink will start proceedings, with a buffet available during the interval to help refresh for another round of sing-a-long, swaying and foot stomping!

• Tickets cost £12 and are available at

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