Dunton date marks release of new album

Miranda Sykes and Rex Preston

Miranda Sykes and Rex Preston

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A duo are to mark the release of a new album with a tour coming to Dunton Folk Club.

Material from The Watchmaker’s Wife by Miranda Sykes and Rex Preston can be heard at the club near Biggleswade on Saturday April 30.

Although not a parable of their personal lives, is most certainly a reflective, powerful and moving collection of tales of love and loss. There is some traditional songs and delivered in a way that maintains the dignity of the old songs.

The pair didn’t set out to create an album with love and loss as a theme, but in the thick of it all, when they just sat back and let out what came naturally, that’s what they got.

Rex for the first time showcases original songs alongside original material from Boo Hewerdine.

Miranda and Rex perform their respective instruments – double bass and mandolin/bouzouki - and they aim to keep things as honest as they dare to reflect their live performances.

The songs shout very loudly for themselves with only a smattering of sharp and contemporary production gloss.

Well known for the last 11 years as a central component of Show of Hands, Miranda has an exquisite and spine-tingling voice, whilst Rex, with his exuberant and flamboyant playing style, has built a reputation as one of the finest mandolin players in the UK.

The rare fusion of double bass and mandolin makes for one of the most exciting and powerful pairings on the acoustic roots scene.

Miranda and Rex interweave lively original material with timeless, well chosen covers of both contemporary and traditional songs.

Their backgrounds, as well as skilful instrumentation and warm engaging vocals have shaped their unique sound.

For further information about the event or to book tickets in advance call the box office on 07807 535110.