Saturday November 21st 8.00 pm, doors open 7.30 pm.
Tiddy Hall, Shipton Road, Ascott-under-Wychwood, Oxon, OX7 6AG
Parking & Bar Available Tickets £8.00 in advance £10.00 on the door available from: 01993 831427 Wychwood Folk Club
A true preserver of the spirit of folk music, Maria Dunn is often compared to Woody Guthrie for her keen social awareness and her unvarnished songs about the lives of working men and women. With her latest CD, Piece By Piece Maria pays tribute to immigrant women who worked at a Western Canadian clothing factory over its 93-year history (1911 – 2004). Locally inspired, the songs are universal in theme—immigration, family, striving for a better life. Stylistically, Maria’s previous four recordings have melded North American roots music with influences from her Scottish-Irish heritage. With Piece By Piece, Maria adds musical inflections and instrumentation that evoke the countries of origin (Italy, India, Vietnam, and Ukraine) of the women who inspired the songs.
Maria originally wrote these songs for the multimedia show GWG: Piece By Piece, a live performance developed in collaboration with videographer Don Bouzek (Ground Zero Productions) and historian Catherine C. Cole. The show weaves video footage and interviews with women who worked at Edmonton’s Great Western Garment (GWG) Company with music reflecting their experiences.
Maria: “Many of the women who worked at the factory were new immigrants or refugees and this was one of their first jobs in Canada. In telling their story, we tell the story of the waves of immigration to Western Canada, the story of working mothers and the story of globalization.”
Kim Lowings and The Greenwood are ‘making great strides in the folk world’ according to Bright Young Folk.
The Midlands based band have indeed been making an impression on the British folk scene, sharing stages with musicians such as Dougie MacLean, Martin Simpson, Lucy Ward and Jackie Oates among others. They work with traditional folksong and write their own original material that tell stories inspired by both fables and real life.
Kim is an Appalachian mountain dulcimer player, pianist and songwriter. She sings with an enchantingly pure voice and The Greenwood weave a backline of guitar, bouzouki, double bass and percussion that will get you singing along and your foot tapping.