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Double BBC Folk Award nominee Heidi Talbot brings an evening of critically acclaimed songs to Arlington Arts, Snelsore, on Saturday.
Her latest album,

contains original compositions featuring special guests from the worlds of folk, pop, rock and bluegrass including


When Knopfler and Douglas offered to play on the album, they thoughtfully recorded their parts in several different styles – some were instantly recognisable, others more low-key. Talbot’s husband, producer and bandmate John McCusker joked,
But both musicians knew that for Talbot, the song always comes before the name.
Subtlety is Talbot’s magic ingredient – from her gossamer voice to the delicate re-working of traditional and contemporary material that earned her rave reviews for her 2008 breakthrough . The girl from Ireland’s Co. Kildare, who spent several years in New York as a member of the Irish-American supergroup Cherish The Ladies, slips effortlessly between musical worlds but retains a personal modesty rooted in traditional folk.
Tickets, priced £14.50 are available from the box office on 01635 244246, online via

and from Mary Hare Hearing Centre, Weaver’s Walk, Newbury.

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