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Sunday, September 24th, 2017
Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby met in Michael Snow's recording studio in Nashville. Brian and he had written the song Hard Luck CaféMichael said he knew just the person to sing it! Cathryn is from Richmond, Virginia and has built a strong reputation as both singer and songwriter. She is no stranger to Tennessee's Nashville recording studios, working with Chet Atkins, The Righteous Brothers, Shel Silverstein and Jorma Kaukonen. Brian is best known for his virtuoso performances on electric and acoustic guitar, with progressive folk/rock band Strawbs. He has also played with Mary Hopkin, Joe Brown, New World, Roger Whittaker, Bridget St.John, Jim Diamond and Monty Python. When Brian came to record the first album of his own songs, Black & White (which includes Hard Luck Café), he invited Cathryn to sing. Together they wrote The Fire, Alice's Song and Black & White. Thus, the duo of Cathryn Craig & Brian Willoughby was born Long live traditional music, even when it's only just been written The Living Tradition sublime guitar work and one of the finest voices around Folking.com Their Alice's Song was an Aled Jones Highlight of the Year on BBC Radio 2. Cathryn was Simon Mayo's star guest on BBC Radio 2Day, live from Nashville. The Telegraph's Martin Chilton named the duo as his Folk Gig Pick in 2015.