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Guildford Institute

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Guildford, Surrey, GU1 4LH

Laura Smyth & Ted Kemp

Laura Smyth and Ted Kemp perform traditional songs from England and beyond, with special attention given to their respective homes in the North West and East Anglia. While placing a great value on unaccompanied solo and harmony singing, they also accompany themselves on English concertina, 5-string banjo, cello, and guitar.

Laura and Ted interpret and deliver their music with a reverence for traditional performers and source material, taking influence from the classic folk revival performers of the 60s and 70s, whilst achieving a style that is very much their own.

Their debut EP, The Charcoal Black and the Bonny Grey, produced by Rob Harbron (Fay Hield and the Hurricane Party, The Full English) is their interpretation of 5 songs collected from or set in Lancashire, featuring guest fiddler Laurel Swift.

Fri 27 Jan

£9.90 some concessions

Len Graham

County Antrim born, Len Graham has been a full-time professional traditional singer since 1982. After he won the All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann traditional singing competion in 1971 his reputation began to spread, and at the same time his own passion for the songs of his native Ulster was growing. From the early 1960s Len sought out and recorded older singers such as Eddie Butcher and Joe Holmes.

Over the years, Len has collaborated and worked with numerous musicians, poets and storytellers. His association with the late John Campbell brought storytelling and song to a world audience. Their work together over twenty years made a significant contribution toward creating a deeper cross-community understanding of shared cultural traditions during many years of conflict in the north of Ireland.

Thu 2 Mar

£9.90 some concessions

Mick Ryan & Paul Downes

Mick Ryan is well known on the folk scene as a fine singer of traditional and original songs and has been described by "Folk Roots" as 'definitely the most underrated singer in the country.'

Paul Downes is a highly-acclaimed guitarist performing effortlessly in a dazzling array of styles. He has a rich musical background that has progressed through working with Phil Beer, The Arizona Smoke Revue, Pete Seeger and Show of Hands).

Together Mick and Paul provide singing, music and entertainment of the very highest quality.

Fri 13 Jan

£9.90 some concessions

Molly Evans

Molly Evans is a lively young singer and fiddle player from Cheshire. Her repertoire ranges from the the big ballads, such as Lord Randall, to traditional songs like "Lovely Polly"; from Peter Bellamy's arrangement of Kipling songs to a setting of a song taken from the Susanna Clarke novel "Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell".

Fri 24 Feb

£9.90 some concessions

Moore Moss Rutter

Tom Moore, Archie Churchill-Moss and Jack Rutter hail from three distinct regions of the UK they combine musical material, style and tradition from Norfolk, Somerset and Yorkshire respectively. Since 2009, Moore Moss Rutter have been playing as a trio, meticulously reworking English tunes and compositions into sets and songs which have been described as intelligently crafted musical adventures. Often praised for musical maturity and sophistication, it is their aim to carefully create soundscapes of mellow and precisely engineered beauty as well as wild builds of tension and tempestuous climaxes. The trio have performed widely, at venues and events ranging from Glastonbury, to folk clubs and living rooms. Moore Moss Rutter are winners of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award 2011.

Fri 10 Feb

£11 some concessions

Music Institute Membership - September 2016 - August 2017

Membership of the Music Institute folk club entitles you to £1 off the price of your own ticket for any of our events plus exclusive pre-booking of our special guest nights.

Thu 31 Aug


Revealing Nature Around Us Art Exhibition

Artist, Claire Harrison will be having a solo exhibition at the Guildford Institute of paintings based upon the local countryside. Claire had a studio in Farnham for many years, but is now based in Sussex and the majority of her work is based upon flowers and insects from her garden and the local landscapes of Surrey and Sussex. Claire has taught and inspired students at Guildford Institute since 2009. This exhibition will showcase Claire's work, consisting of large brightly coloured oil paintings, highlighting the miniscule on a large scale. Her colours are vivid and appear to glow from the canvas, because of her passion for colour. Claire wants to show that the tiny wildflower or bright beetle in a grass verge is like a jewel amongst the undergrowth. Claire's work explores the miniature, miniscule and microscopic, of both the floral and insect world, and she will often attempt to crawl under the smallest wildflower and photograph from below as if she was an insect looking up. Claire is fascinated with camouflage and often hides insects within her work by cleverly using tone to conceal these little creatures. Just as you need to search to find mini beasts in a field, the audience will need to pause to find all the hidden dimensions in Claire's work. This is because the bright colours are merely the surface, combining both impact and detail. Claire's fascination for patterns will be shown in her incredibly intricate pen and ink drawings, where she often depicts the many spirals found within the centre of daisy-like flowers. Having studied plants under a microscope for many years, Claire shows us they are not all that we perceive, but draws the intricate detail from both the microscope and the naked eye. This exhibition shows one woman's passion for the natural world around her, which she immerses herself within, showing us that creatures however small are magnificent. Claire has exhibited successfully across the UK in both solo and selected group shows and is featured in both public and private collections; selling to collectors in several countries including the UK and Canada. For more information contact Guildford Institute, Ward Street, Guildford, Surrey GU1 4LH, 01483 451034. Opening Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 10am-3pm. Occasionally there are private functions/lectures held in the exhibition room, so please call before your visit to avoid disappointment.

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