Eight new commissions will be performed at this year's Tabernacle Folk Festival in West London. Two new works by accordionist Howard Skempton will be performed, for solo violin and ensemble by violinist Darragh Morgan, Steve Beresford and Skempton. Also commissioned by the festival are Shabaka Hutchings, Byron Wallen, Ramon Goose, Jason Yarde and Shanti Paul Jayasinha. Performers include Steve Beresford, trombonist Harry Brown, tuba player Theon Cross and drummer Seb Rochford, among others, including a group of young players.
Festival organiser Sheila Hill says: "I started the festival four years ago, as a reaction to the awfulness of much of the British trad scene: overcomfortable, predictable music, often very poorly played…"
BBC Radio 3 will also be broadcasting a 30 minute show on the festival this Friday between 5:30pm–6pm, which will include live performances from Jason Yarde, Sam Dubois playing new work by Yarde, and violinist Darragh Morgan previewing Howard Skempton's new solo work for violin.
The festival takes place at The Tabernacle in west London on 6 & 7 April. Full listings and ticket details here.