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Music from duo is deeply rooted in Celtic tradition

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: November 07, 2012

By James Brindle

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TWO much sought-after young musicians who have made a name for themselves on the international folk scene will be giving a special performance in Denstone this week.

Ross Couper and Tom Oakes have achieved much acclaim both together and apart and have been snapped up by the Live and Local scheme to perform in the village.

Fiddle player Couper is originally from Shetland and while guitarist Oakes is from Devon, the duo’s music is deeply rooted in the traditions of Scotland and Ireland.

Couper’s explosive fiddle playing lies at the heart of some of the biggest acts on the Scottish folk scene including the award-winning Bodega and he is currently fiddle player with the mighty Peatbog Faeries.

Oakes is a multi award-winning guitarist and flautist who as well as being a founder member of Auvo Quartet is also known for his work with Luke Daniels (Riverdance) and 2009 BBC Radio Folk Award winner Damien Barber.

Although the flute does not rear its head so much in Couper and Oakes’ work together, Oakes is extremely skilled with the instrument along with the guitar, teaching both at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

The pair combined bring a high energy and modernity to their music which means it’s very approachable and easy to listen to.

They also produce a humour and warmth coupled with their musical pyrotechnics that have left their audiences spellbound.

Their music ranges from thrillingly fast pieces which will take people’s breath away to gentle, powerful, soaring music that floats on sheer beauty.

Couper and Oakes have recently performed to great acclaim across Europe including sell-out tours of Norway and Denmark where there sound is particularly well-received.

They also performed at two world famous festivals the Shetland Folk Festival and T¯nder Festival in Denmark where they performed to a 5,000- strong crowd of music lovers.

Last year they were nominated for the best up-andcoming act in the Scottish Traditional Music Awards and were also awarded a coveted five-star review for their performance at the Edinburgh Fringe.

They are keen collaborators and have toured with the likes of Fiddler’s Bid and Session A9’s Kevin Henderson, as well as with multi-platinum Danish pop sensation Lukas Graham.

The performance at Denstone Village Hall on Friday begins at 7.30pm and tickets are available from Denstone Post Office or Bob Beaumont on 01889 590554.

Tickets are priced at £8.50 or £6.50 for under 18s in full-time education.

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