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The Drystones + Hickory Signals

Saturday 27th April 2019 - Starts 8pm



The Drystones + Hickory Signals – A feast of a double bill!

Nominated ‘Young Folk Award’ – BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards

The Drystones are an award winning young (just 21) lively folk duo from Priddy in Somerset playing violin, guitar and whistle, who have made a big splash since they formed in July 11. They play a mix of their own tunes and arrangements of folk tunes given drive, beat and energy.

They have played festivals all over the Country (including Sidmouth, Broadstairs, Warwick, Bromyard, Purbeck and Folk East), and at their 2013 Glastonbury Festival performance they were highlighted by Steve Lamacq on Radio 2 as his “recommendation of the day”. They were the 2015 Larmer Tree Breakthrough Music Award winners and were asked by Michael Eavis to play the 2015 Glastonbury Extravaganza when Joan Armatrading had to cancel! Their third CD is a Songlines “Top Of The World” album. For just two people they make a lot of sound, you will not be bored!

“To describe their instrumental style as spirited and animated would be akin to asserting that Bellowhead can be quite an energetic band” – Clive Pownceby, Living Tradition

“A great duo to watch out for”
– Johnny Coppin – Folk Showcase Presenter BBC Bristol

“Indecently talented”Mike Harding, Mike Harding Folk Show


Shoreham locals and multi-instrumentalists, Laura Ward and Adam Ronchetti, are folk duo Hickory Signals. The duo’s sound is based around Ward’s powerful leading vocal and Ronchetti’s vibrant acoustic guitar and pulsing cajon to which they add flute/percussion/shruti drones building each song to rousing effect. Their set combines re-interpretations of traditional folk songs with original self-penned material.

In 2018 the duo released their debut album, Turn to Fray, to critical acclaim:

FOLK ALBUM OF THE MONTH IN THE GUARDIAN – ‘Direct, atmospheric and deeply affecting‘ ★★★★ The Guardian

RUNNER-UP IN fROOTS ‘EDITOR’S CHOICE’ ALBUM OF THE YEAR IN 2018 CRITICS POLL. ‘Intelligent and distinctive’ – fRoots

‘Laura’s impressive voice is strong, clear and unadorned…. a very encouraging debut’  ★★★★ RnR Magazine

‘Clear, direct and honest’ ★★★ Songlines Magazine

‘A stunning debut…as old as time and modern as the moment’ – EFDSS Magazine



Ropetackle Cafe Suppers Shoreham

We're serving delicious food before this event from 6pm! Mains cost £8, desserts £3.50, or the two-course meal for £10.00. Advance booking necessary, to do so simply email Click on the icon to see what's on the menu.

Main: Beef Ragu with pasta, salad & garlic bread / Rattatouille hotpot with salad

Dessert: Chocolate Brownie and ice cream

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