The Maltings Arts Theatre gets to the roots of folk

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By JulieGK | Tuesday, January 08, 2013, 20:45

A folk trio which has been building a burgeoning reputation among fans and critics will launch a showcase of new folk talent at the Maltings Art Theatre, St Albans, venue this week.

Said The Maiden open 2013 with a place in the New Year Showcase Concert this coming Friday.

The band uses a variety of instruments – from traditional fiddles and ukuleles to contemporary guitars – to augment three-part harmonies that have won over critics, venue managers and, most importantly, fans in the last six months.

The band – Jess Distill, Hannah James and Kathy Pilkinton – are well-known to folk fans around the county, but big things are expected of them in the coming year.

The girls said: "We play a range of instruments, including fiddle, guitar, ukulele, tin whistle, cajon and the all-important shaky-egg. We also dance sometimes – but you have to buy us extra drinks to see that."

They added: "We're getting a lot of interest, which is amazing and we've got some fab people who want us to play gigs for them during 2013, so it's all happening!"

The New Year Showcase Concert will also feature the up-and-coming Foxglove Trio, the highly-regarded Sue Graves and the hugely popular The Low Lamps, who bring a bit of Chicago blues, swinging electric guitar and resonator blues to the party.

Tickets for the show, which starts at 8pm, are £10 with concessions available for children, students and the unwaged.

The Maltings Arts Theatre is located in the Maltings shopping centre in St Albans City Centre. Details at



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