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A Day's Work - a musical show by Mick Ryan - 26 November

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Mick Ryan's A Days Work
Saturday 26th November in Ashford


"A Day's Work"
A musical drama by Mick Ryan with an award winning cast

Saturday 26th November 2016

"A Day's Work" is a musical drama written by well-known scriptwriter, composer and singer Mick Ryan from Bournemouth.  The show and songs tell the story of a group of lifelong friends who, on the eve of The Great War, gather to discuss the impending conflict.  The group of friends comprise farm labourers and performers in the small rural village's Mummers' play and they consider if they will leave their traditions behind them and answer the call to arms.  They also wonder what awaits them as the fighting moves remorselessly towards the Battle of the Somme.
The award winning and multi-talented cast of "A Day's Work" perform specially composed songs and the show has been well received at Arts Centres, Theatres and major arts festivals across the country.  The cast for the show in Ashford comprises Heather Bradford, Paul Downes, Pete Morton, Matt Quinn, Ciaran Algar, Greg Russell and Mick Ryan.
Tenterden Folk Festival has partnered with Revelation to put this show on at Ashford's 350 seater town centre venue, St. Mary the Virgin Church on Saturday 26th November 2016.  This major event arts and musical event also commemorate the Great War and is sponsored by Ashford Borough Council.
As the nation's custodian of Remembrance, the Royal British Legion is calling on all communities across the UK to take the time out from our daily lives to honour those who fell 100 years ago. A Days Work in Ashford gives you this opportunity and is suitable for people of all ages and all back grounds.
Tickets are now available priced at only ?14.00 (on the door ?17.00) for Adults and ?5.00 for accompanied under 16s (on the door ?8.00).  Doors open at 7.00 and the show starts at 7.45 p.m. Tickets are available from Revelation and Tenterden Folk Festival.   Bar available in venue.
Buy online direct from Revelation Ashford
Buy online from Tenterden Folk Festival via Music Glue
Tickets are also available from the Tourist Information Office at Ashford Gateway Plus.
For other information contact the venue or email info_at_tenterdenfolkfestival_dot_org_dot_uk

The Cast

Heather Bradford
Heather Bradford is a lovely singer and 'deliverer' of a song.  Heather has performed with the folk-jazz quartet 'Albatross Pie', and the acoustic folk band 'No Reported Incidents', She has sung in duos with guitarist and singer-song writer Julian Longden, and with singer and raconteuse Stephanie Cox. She was also a member of the acclaimed harmony trio 'Hen Party'. Her performances in Mick Ryan's 'The Navvy's Wife' received great reviews ('outstanding', 'Mashtub' magazine).
Paul Downes
Paul spent his youth playing classical guitar, rugby, soccer and cricket.  He played a solo recital in Westminster Abbey at the age of sixteen and subsequently took up folk music.  From the age of 12, Paul's best friend was Steve Knightley; then at 16, they met Phil Beer. Paul spent a few years touring as Downes and Beer, all around Europe and the UK, playing sessions on hundreds of albums, four records of their own and two solo sets for Paul.  They met Bill Zorn and formed the now legendary Arizona Smoke Revue. Paul was asked to stand in on a Joyce Gang's first ever gig.
Pete Morton
Pete's latest albums include "The Land of Time" and a collection of his most requested songs entitled "?Game of Life" on which he is accompanied by the Chester based folk group, Full House.  Songs included are ?Another Train', ?Shepherds song', ?Disobedience', ?Related to me', ?Shores of Italy', ?The Luckiest Man', ?Corruption Country', ?Bigger than life', ?Battle of Trafalgar', ?Further', ?Listening to my boots', ?Two Brothers', 'Sock on the line', ?When we sing together' and ?Seven billion eccentrics'.  The Guardian described Pete's albums as "NOT ONLY IMPRESSIVE. BUT A REVELATION'.

Matt Quinn
Matt is a singer and musician from Sussex and has focused his solo repertoire on traditional songs and tunes that have been collected in that county.  He will charm and entrance you with his delivery of traditional songs that range from epic ballads to comic songs to hearty chorus songs.  His repertoire will sometimes be unaccompanied, but mostly accompanied with melodeon and duet concertina.  Matt went through the Newcastle Folk Degree and is also a member of The Dovetail Trio.
Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar
Greg and Ciaran perform together as Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar as well as having there other solo careers.  Soon after meeting in 2011 the duo were signed to Fellside Records and in July 2012 released their debut album, The Queen's Lover.  Numerous tours followed as the duo developed and honed their stage craft, becoming one of the most sought after young acts on the English Folk Scene.  In January 2013, the pair picked up the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk award.  Following the award win, Russell and Algar toured the country in April and, after completing school and University Exams in May, began touring again at the beginning of June - a schedule which saw them play venues and festivals such as Cambridge Folk Festival and Fairport's Cropredy Convention as well as appearing live on Mark Radcliffe's BBC Radio 2 Folk Show.  After recording their second album in the November of 2013, again with Fellside, Russell and Algar received the Horizon Award for Best breakthrough act at the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.  The second album, The Call, was then released in July receiving 5 Stars in fRoots. 
Mick Ryan.
Mick is well known on the folk scene as a fine singer of traditional and original songs.   "Folk Roots" described him as 'definitely the most underrated singer in the country.'  Having written both comic and serious material for the very popular band "Crows" in the 1980's, he has since written for radio and a series of highly successful folk musicals: 'A Tollpuddle Man' (with Graham Moore); 'A Day's Work' ; 'The Voyage'; 'Tanks for the Memory' and, recently, 'The Navvy's Wife..  The reviews say it all: 'Mick Ryan's words and music are superb' ("Folk on Tap"); 'wonderful songs' ("South Tipp Today").   His duo with Paul Downes has been similarly well received: 'Positively oozes skill and professionalism' ("Folk North West"); 'The singing, as we have come to expect from Mick Ryan, utterly superb' ("Shreds and Patches"). In this new duo Mick is joined by the consummately skilled and expressive Paul Downes.
'..a very moving performance, where the impact of the well written and impeccably sung songs combined to create something VERY SPECIAL'  ('LIVING TRADITION')
'Another magnificent album from the pen of Mick Ryan. ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS' - ('ALBION AND BEYOND', Little Rock Arkansaw.)
'Is there room for another World War One album? Yes, if it is as POWERFUL AND DIRECT as 'A Day's Work' ' ('BRIGHT YOUNG FOLK')
'Every artist involved shines?A FANTASTIC ALBUM' (Paul Radcliffe 'EFDSS')
Historic note:
 #Somme100 The Battle of the Somme, fought in northern France, was one of the bloodiest of World War One. For five months from 1st July 2016, the British and French armies engaged the Germans in a brutal battle of attrition on a 15-mile front.  The aims of the battle were to relieve the French Army fighting at Verdun and to weaken the German Army.  However, the Allies were unable to break through German lines.  In total, there were over one million dead and wounded on all sides.) 

Note to Editors:

Photo & interview opportunities:

For images, further information or to request interviews, photo opportunities or access to the event please contact Alan Castle alan_at_tenterdenfolkfestival_dot_org_dot_uk
Revelation is Ashford's music and arts venue, delivered by the St Mary's Arts Trust. It is a unique and unusual collaboration of heritage and the arts, based in St Mary's Church.  The church holds considerable historical and architectural significance, with first reference made to it in the Domesday Book in 1086. This historical gem has welcomed communities and culture with the opening of Revelation. Since our inception in 2011, we have worked hard to establish a centre of excellence for the arts in the town. We now aim to be a beacon for the arts, to which Ashford's growing community can come together and experience high quality performance and exhibition.
Known for programming high profile bands and international artists, Revelation is diversifying its roster of arts events to harness its incredibly unique space. This includes evening talks and lectures (Curiosity Club) amongst film screenings, theatre, and multimedia performances, such as Black Dog - exploring the work of surrealist War painter Paul Nash, and commemorative theatre show with integrated music, ?A Day's Work'.

The Cast of A Day's Work

The cast of A Day's Work






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