03 April 2011

Three Guitars and a Harp - France Ellul (Harp), David Artus, Richard Clark, Steve Dell

Tonight's colourful programme presents music from Avalon to Paraguay.

France Ennul - Celtic Harp.
France was a founder member of Vitae, the seminal band and ensemble of musicians who set up and ran the ‘Winterdrum’ festival in High Wycombe for many years.

France’s band ‘Harps of Avalon’ made their debut appearance at the 2001 Winterdrum Festival. They performed, individually and collectively, at a wide range of events from festivals, including Womad, to the British Diversity Awards.

His current band, Anwen, plays a fusion of original compositions and a mix of folk / traditional pieces from various parts of the world, including Celtic, Indian and classical influences. Tonight, France will play solo songs, from the mists of Avalon.

David Artus - Folk Guitar.
David has been studying Classical Guitar with Steve Dell for the last 4 years, but his first love is singing songs in folk and acoustic music clubs. Currently he sings regularly at the Uxbridge and Chesham folk clubs. He repertoire ranges from Al Stewart's songs about the perils of invading Russia to Ralph McTell's sweet sorrow of children leaving home. Tonight he will be singing of families and trains.

Richard Clark - Classical Guitar.
Richard learnt classical guitar in his teens, going on to obtain the ALCM diploma. He has performed many times at Ealing and will be performing at a festival in July in Kingston. In addition to playing classical pieces he has also worked with singer David Jennings. They have recently releasd a single called 'Beautiful Sea of Yesterday' which was produced by Australian composer and producer Cliff Bradley. This has been played on Resonance FM in Central London. Richard has arranged an acoustic version of this song, especially for tonight's concert.

Steve Dell - Spanish Guitar.
To celebrate 35 years of playing the guitar, Steve is looking forward to presenting a mix of his own arrangements tonight, and provide accompaniment to EGS regular Patrick Smart, who will sing one of John Dowland's songs.