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Saturday, October 28th, 2017
James and Dan form a duo inspired by the traditions of both sides of the pond. Born in Shropshire, and raised on a diet of folk and bluegrass music through his dad, an avid bluegrass musician, James has been performing in sessions and folk clubs since he was thirteen. After attending music college, he has lived and played in Ireland and Iceland before returning to England. Dan also came from a musical family, taking up the violin at the age of ten, since when he has absorbed a broad spectrum of musical styles from classical and jazz, to country and rock. Whilst touring professionally in the UK some years ago, Dan was introduced to the music of Shetland fiddler Aly Bain, sparking an interest in Celtic music, and the UK folk scene in general. As well as appearing on several recordings of his late sister, Eva Cassidy, Dan got together with James to perform throughout the UK, and more recently they have incorporated new original material into their sets, as well as the traditional music of Britain and America. With James' emotive, soaring vocals and driving guitar complemented by Dan's ingenious and virtuosic fiddling, their performance is bursting with humour, heartbreak and excitement a dynamic and unforgettable transatlantic journey.