Alden, Patterson & Dashwood
It’s not often that I re-book a band even before they have left the House the following morning – but I was so impressed by the performance that this Norwich based folk trio gave that that’s exactly what I did! So I’m delighted to say that Christina, Alex and Noel are set to return to Elmslie to weave more rich vocal harmonies with fiddle, dobro, guitar and mandolin around beautifully written original songs and melodies.
The independently-released debut album ‘Call Me Home’ has taken the Folk world by storm during 2018 and has been written and produced by them at home in Norwich and is lovingly presented in attractive handmade covers, designed and hand-printed by the band – they are a very talented lot!
Their music takes influence from folk traditions from both sides of the Atlantic with uplifting instrumentals and self-penned songs depicting tales of young travellers, sleepy seas and their affection for home.
‘It’s lovely stuff’ –Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 Folk Show 2016
★★★★★ fRoots –Editors Choice Album Of The Year 2016
★★★★ Songlines –‘Something of enormous promise’
★★★★ R2 –‘Talented and poetic triumvirate’
And if you can’t wait to check them out, why not do so here:
And here’s a little review of their album which I’ve just lifted from a review \https://www.folkradio.co.uk/2018/07/alden-patterson-dashwood-by-the-night/ – just to give you an idea of what treats await you! You won’t be disappointed!23 July, 2018 from
Alden Patterson & Dashwood – By the Night
Self Released – 26 June 2018
Alden Patterson & Dashwood is a plainly-’n’-honestly-named Norwich-based trio comprising Christina Alden (vocals, guitar), Alex Patterson (fiddle, vocals) and Noel Dashwood (dobro, vocals). They formed in late 2015, and released an unpretentious, unexpectedly award-winning and quietly impressive debut CD, Call Me Home, in the third quarter of 2016.
Alden Patterson & Dashwood’s unashamed stock-in-trade is equally honest-to-goodness, homespun, folky Americana-tinged music. The homespun element extends out from the music into its appealing presentation – lovingly handmade, hand-printed CD cover with appealing and welcoming artwork matching the tenor of the music within, encasing a simple card four-page insert giving all the information one needs concerning the songs’ origins and sources and the band members and the instruments they play. The one-to-one intimacy of this approach to communicating with their listeners is already known to those who’ve been privileged to see the trio live, and there’s a gentle, settled confidence in this intimacy that’s very winning indeed. For the Alden Patterson & Dashwood sound is a gently woven yet refreshingly uncluttered tapestry of dobro, fiddle and guitar with well-judged (and quite innovative) harmonies bedding in behind Christina’s lead vocal that contains just the right element of rough edge to hit home. These guys clearly have a well-developed ear for the “less is more” tenet, and there’s never any sense of instrumental overload or of the need for grandstanding in their easy, natural musicianship.
Tickets are available online through www.eventbrite.co.uk
If you are local to Malvern tickets are also for sale through Malvern TIC (Tourist Information Centre) or Carnival Records, both on Church Street in Malvern.
NB – tickets are no longer available via Pay-pal – as I have still to resolve an issue with the coding. Apologies for any inconvenience.
The seating (maximum capacity is 80) is unreserved so the doors will open half an hour before the performance starts so that you can select your seats and if you so wish, have a drink at the Bar (Limited bar available – championing local beers, cider and soft refreshments).
Doors will be opening at 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start.
There is usually an interval after 45mins so that the performance will finish around 10.00pm.