Fabulous sets at inaugural “World of Folk Evening”!


untitled-8936The music at last Thursday night’s inaugural “World of Folk Evening” concert was fabulous!

Congratulations to Mark Southan, Gabe Canazarro, Teresa Murray, and Matt Fraser for combining so well together in the songs for the opening set!

untitled-8925Congratulations to Joan McEldowney and Mark Campbell for entertaining us with such a warmly received performance!

untitled-8992And let’s acknowledge a fantastic set from our headline act -the folk duo over on tour from England- Kevin Dempsey and Joe Broughton!
That was a terrific set, guys!

Kevin Dempsey and Joe Broughton, touring English Folk Duo, to headline on 20th November!

Joe Broughton and Kevin Dempsey in action

Kevin Dempsey and Joe Broughton are the Folk Duo at the inaugural AAMF 2014 World of Folk Evening on Thursday, 20th November, at the Sands Club, Al Ain.

Since forming in 1999 this incredible duo have recorded three albums and toured extensively in over 20 countries round the world. Combining emotive songs, unrivalled instrumental capability and a spectacular high energy show, they never fail to create a spellbinding atmosphere. Their new album “Off By Heart” is being released this Autumn to coincide with their world tour.
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The list of musicians they have played with is impressive…Whippersnapper, Mary Black, Dando Shaft, The Albion Band, Dave Swarbrick, Percy Sledge, Uiscedwr, Lazarus….but it can’t prepare you for this unique partnership. To pigeon hole their style of music would be to do them a disservice. They draw on Folk music from all corners of the world but their experience in Jazz, Soul, Classical, Pop and Rock music takes the result into original and uncharted territory.

It is not only the originality of what this acoustic duo plays, but also the simple fact that they do it so well. Kevin has a fantastic voice and is widely regarded as one of Europe’s greatest acoustic guitar players, whilst Joe is simply unmatched in the world of fiddle pyrotechnics.

The Dempsey/Broughton show is playful and entertaining! Try to take it all in as they swoop from beautiful song to mind blowing tune via a stream of hilarious banter. Two hours with Kevin Dempsey and Joe Broughton can seem like 10 minutes.Dempsey and Broughton promotional quotes

The duo will follow on from Joan McEldowney, guitar,supported by Mark Campbell, on percussion. And, the concert will be opened by our special guests, Mark Southan and Gabe Canazarro. These two acoustic guitarists will be making their debut.

The first ever AAMFWorld of Folk Evening” starts at 7:30 pm. on Thursday, 20th November.
Tickets at the door are only AED. 30. Don’t miss out!

Joan McEldowney to play at the “World of Folk Evening” on Thursday, 20th November

Joan pic 1 smallerWe are delighted to announce that Joan McEldowney will be performing at the AAMF’s first “World of Folk Evening” on Thursday, 20th November at the Sands Club, Al Ain.

Joan, who was born in South Derry, Northern Ireland, has been a resident in Al Ain since September of last year. She is a teacher at the Al Aalya School in the Garden City.

Joan has played live on the BBC alongside of Neil Hannon of Divine Comedy; and played on Sky TV, too. And she has supported groups and soloists including Josh Ritter, the Hothouse Flowers, Radiohead and James Blunt.

Her own first solo album, “Storm“, was released in 2000. Recently she has working on an EP called “Music and Moonlight“. A video of a track from this album, entitled, “King Winter“, can be viewed at:-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYLM0wJ8-TU

Joan will be supported by Mark Campbell, percussionist with the Sounding Boards, on Thursday, 20th November.

And, Kevin Dempsey and Joe Broughton, an English Folk Duo, will be joining Joan and Mark on the bill for this exceptional evening of folk music. More details of this well-established touring duo will be posted here soon!

There will also be opening performances by local special guests.
The concert starts at 7:30 pm. Tickets at the door: AED. 30. Don’t miss out!

“World of Folk Evening” set for Thurs. 20 Nov.

Kevin Dempsey and JoeBroughton

A new addition to the AAMF programme this year will be the “World of Folk Evening” on Thursday, 20th November.

We’re very pleased to announce that Kevin Dempsey and Joe Broughton, (in the photo above), a very talented folk duo from England, have accepted our invitation to perform!

Irish folk singer/guitarist, Joan McEldowney, will also be performing on that same date.

We would also like to thank the Ayla Hotel for their special support for this event.
More details to follow soon!