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12th April 2024

All aboard for Cruise #2 on Lauren’s Tiny Boat

Warwickshire folksinger and multi-instrumentalist, Lauren South brings an all-star line-up to a second celebration of her highly-acclaimed debut album.

Lauren South

Released last November, Tiny Boat made a big splash when it was officially ‘launched’ last month at Leamington’s award-winning Temperance venue. All guest musicians appearing on the album took part in the memorable concert and tickets quickly sold out for the popular but compact location. Fortunately, Lauren had already arranged for a repeat show in the newly refurbished Studio of the Albany Theatre in Coventry.

Staged by CVFolk and taking place this Sunday, 14th April at 7.30pm, the concert set list will consist of every one of the 14 tracks on the album, written by Lauren. And once again it features the full line-up of artists who performed on the original recording, all of them well-known ambassadors of the high standard of musicianship to be found in the county.

Ellie Gowers – Keith Donnelly

Nationally acclaimed singer-songwriter from Warwick, Ellie Gowers will be adding her ‘clear, soaring, and angelic voice’ (John Barlass – At The Barrier), while folk festival favourite Keith Donnelly will bring his excellent guitar accompaniment to the impressive arrangements.

Half of the former chart-topping duo, Nizlopi, John Parker provides cool and jazzy double-bass while his colleague in Wes Finch’s acclaimed band The Silver Wye, Ben Haines supplies skilful and complementary percussion.

John Parker – Ben Haines

As a bonus, Lauren has also invited musician friends, singers and guitarists, Maria Barham, of Leamington folk-rockers The Redhills, and songwriter Becky Syson to perform support sets for what is undoubtedly a talent-packed evening.

Not only a remarkable and distinctive singer, Lauren is an accomplished player of fiddle, guitar and shruti box, and describes her widely-praised songs as “inspired … by love and friendship, motherhood, the natural world and the night sky”.

Maria Barham – Becky Syson

This Sunday’s line-up could be the start of a whole new project on the folk scene. Says Lauren, “It’s an absolute privilege to be able to play with such a dream team of a band – I feel so lucky to have them all on board! They have each made amazing musical contributions to the tracks on the album, and we’re looking into touring the show later in the year.”

No stranger to the Albany Theatre, Lauren has already played two delightful and well-received concerts for CVFolk as a duo with Keith Donnelly and has recently begun a series of fiddle workshops as part of the organisation’s programme to foster and develop folk-related skills in the local community.

Tickets are now available from the Theatre’s Box Office for £11.50 (plus booking fee) – order in advance or queue up on the night (doors open 7pm), but don’t miss out on this musical voyage of a lifetime.

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