BBC Young Folk Award winners to perform in Mellor Brook

Jeana Leslie (left) and Siobhan Miller will perform at Mellor Brook on Saturday.
Jeana Leslie (left) and Siobhan Miller will perform at Mellor Brook on Saturday.
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ENCHANTING and enthralling female folk duo Jeana Leslie and Siobhan Miller will perform live at Mellor Brook Community Centre this Saturday, April 14th.

Bright young things of the British folk scene, they won the BBC’s Young Folk Award in 2008 when barely out of school. Now, their full-time studies completed, they are embarking on a UK tour which brings them to East Lancashire for a second time, having first visited Mellor Brook in 2009.

Jeana, from Orkney, and Siobhan, from Edinburgh, draw their repertoire from a rich tradition of Scottish song and blend their voices in unison singing one minute and glorious harmony the next.

Siobhan has recently won the Citty Finlayson Scots Singer of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards in Perth. The duo performed at January’s annual Glasgow get-together, Celtic Connections, where fiddler and pianist Jeana also taught on the Festival’s Education Projects. For their Mellor Brook show they will be joined by Aaron Jones, from the band Old Blind Dogs, on five-string electric bass, bazouki and vocals.

Reviewing their new CD, “Shadows Tall”, BBC Radio 2 presenter Mike Harding wrote: “From the moment that I first heard them I knew that Siobhan and Jeana were the pure drop, the real thing. Their vocals are rich and resonant, thir understanding of and feel for the music profound. Added to that they are damn fine musicians and can hoof it a bit too!”

Their Mellor Brook show, which starts at 8 p.m., will get under way with a 30-minute set from singer and melodeon maestro Paul Russell, from Preston.

Tickets cost just £10 from the Britannia Gallery, in Branch Road, Mellor Brook, or reserve them by phoning Janet on 07791 558554. The community centre has a licensed bar which will be dispensing a traditional real ale, red and white wine (by the glass or by the bottle), lager and a selection of soft drinks.