First guest act of the new season

A pair of dueting hammer dulcimers and the sound of the mighty Serpent will be heard in Horsham on Sunday, September 9 when the Twagger Band makes a return to the Folk Club in Denne Road.

They are back at Horsham after a three year gap and are looking forward to appearing as the first guest act of the new season which opened last week.

Club spokeswoman Caroline Thomas said: “The Sussex-based Twaggers play concertinas, dulcimers, bagpipes, whistles, psaltery, harmonium, recorders, bouzouki, mandolin, guitar, serpent and crumhorn. Accompanied by this extraordinary array of instruments they sing mostly traditional music. The Twaggers are Joy Lewis, Derrick Hughes, Sue Evans, Ian Chisholm and Will Duke.

“Will is one of the best traditional singers and exponents of the Anglo concertina. He has played in several bands, including Pump and Pluck, the Etchingham Steam Band and the Albion Dance Band.

“A duo since 1992, Joy and Derrick individually have over 30 years’ experience of performing traditional music, playing and singing in folk bands and early music groups, as well as at folk clubs, concerts, festivals and for many different clubs and societies. They play a variety of instruments, including Northumbrian smallpipes, hammer dulcimer, whistle, recorder and English concertina and have recorded two superb CDs, Bring us in no Brown Bread and A Charming Dish of Fish. They also have their own ceilidh band, Hopping Mad.

Ian Chisholm plays guitar, bouzouki and mandolin. He is a member of the Unreel Ceilidh Band. As well as playing he makes guitars and similar instruments.

“A talented multi-instrumentalist, Sue Evans plays piano, hammer dulcimer, concertina, guitar and hurdy gurdy. Based in Rotherfield, she is closely involved in local music projects and visits schools to demonstrate musical instruments. She has been a member of Triur Ban and Wompsters and currently plays in the Pugwash ceilidh band.

Start time is 8pm at Horsham Folk Club, Normandy Centre, Denne Road, Horsham, RH12 1JP. Tickets: £5 (members £3), under-21s and students free; available on the door from 7.45pm. Information: 01403 276273.