Cov & Warks Folk News

11th November 2021

Big Ron is Back – but Al’s Hair is
a Little Shorter

Meet On The Ledge’s 30 year folk-rock legacy on show this Sunday

CVFolk presents a one-off line-up of popular Warwickshire folk-rock band, Meet On The Ledge for a special Albany Theatre Studio concert this Sunday (Nov 14).

Founder members are guitarists Ron Holmes and Allen Maslen who decided to set themselves up as a ‘folksy duo’ in 1992 as a side project to their appearances with Stratford-based 5-piece rock band Thud And Blunder.

MOTL’s founding duo – Allen Maslen and Ron Holmes

Al recalls ‘We didn’t bother with a name until we saw ourselves advertised on a pub blackboard as Big Ron & Al With the Long Hair. We chose the name Meet On The Ledge that very same day!’

Anyone assuming that this was a ‘Fairport tribute’ act was in for a big surprise with the impressive selection of original songs in their repertoire. The ‘side project’ became a powerful and internationally-acclaimed phenomenon that played such venues as Fairport’s Cropredy Convention and Birmingham’s Symphony Hall. Their line-ups over the years included the late fiddle ace Mick Shaylor, singer, violinist and member of Trad Arr and Iota, Marion Fleetwood,  bass supremo Phil Dipple, and Thud and Blunder drummer Paul Johnson who was also a member of Coventry’s chart-topping band, King.

Current MOTL line-up L-R Ron Holmes, Allen Maslen, Steve Bird, Bo Davies (Bo not available for CVFolk concert)

This Sunday’s show features Ron, Al with keyboards-player Steve Bird who played in the 1960s and 70s for pop legends Eden Kane, Don Fardon and Marty Wilde. Steve first met Al Maslen during a theatrical production of Treasure Island in 1993; Steve was musical director and Al (with the long hair!) played Long John Silver.

The music starts at 7.30pm with a warm-up acoustic set from compere and popular singer and guitarist Dave Fry. Here’s the link for details on how to book tickets .

Resident in Spain but hailing from England, Ireland and USA, the excellent 4-piece line-up of Track Dogs brings its distinctive, genre-crossing sound to Lighthorne Village Hall for a one-off concert on  Friday, November 19.

Track Dogs

Described on their website as ‘the four international madrileños‘, Garrett WallDave MooneyHoward Brown and Robbie K. Jones combine folk, latin, Americana and bluegrass to stunning effect with the added bonus of heartwarming, three-part harmonies.

Staged by the organisers of Lighthorne Folk Club, the event is only one of three appearances in England before the band returns to Madrid at the end of the month. Further details and ticket information are here.

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