06 November 2005

Lorraine Lee Hammond

Lorraine was raised in rural Northwestern Connecticut when traditional music was still a vibrant and integrated part of community life. She is a self-taught banjo player and singer, and a leading proponent of the Appalachian dulcimer. Lorraine is also an accomplished player of the Celtic harp, and a skilled songwriter.

Lorraine’s 1999 Shanachie release of West Virginia tunes with fiddler Gerry Milnes, "Hell Up Coal Holler," again breaks new ground for the dulcimer. Her newest recording, Jingalo Gypsy, with husband Bennett, was hailed by Dirty Linen Magazine as " a warm, enveloping, well-thought-out recording….a beautiful CD."
This evening Lorraine will draw from her repertoire of traditional Appalachian songs and ballads, accompanying herself with banjo and Appalachian dulcimer. She will be joined by longtime friend and recording and performance companion, Roger Nicholson, for a few traditional duets. Sarah Bauhan, American flute and whistle player who has performed and recorded with Lorraine for decades, will also join her for part of her programme.

Petros Andreou

Petros Andreou is an Associate and Licentiate of the London College of Music (Classical Guitar) and has been teaching classical guitar in the London Borough of Barnet for over 15 years. He is a regular performer and supporter of Ealing Guitar Society. In his 6-7 concerts to date, Petros has included performances on Classical and 19th Century Romantic Guitar as well as the Greek folk instrument, the bouzouki. In recent years, Petros has twice performed bouzouki at the Royal Festival Hall’s Purcell Room in London.

Petros’ concert focused on the works of 2 key composers, Johann Sebastian Bach (Complete Cello Suite No.1 BW 1007) and Heitor Villa-Lobos’ Preludes 3,5 He will be concluding his recital with 2 movements from Lobos’ well-known Suite Populaire Bresilienne, the Mazurka Choro (1) and Gavotta Choro (4). Petros currently plays guitars by the Madrid makers Tezanos-Perez.