By Tyler Ody
“Maddy’s voice is clear as a bell. It actually sounds as if there’s a celebration going on”
“If you haven’t seen them before you’re in for a treat”
“Maddy Prior is in enchanting form. The Carnival Band is an accomplished bunch whose engaging use of classical, folk and other influences defies shorthand definition”
Maddy Prior joins up once again with the Carnival Band during the Festive Season for their unique celebratory show “Carols & Capers”. Together they mix renaissance, modern, and ethnic instruments with a refreshing cavalier attitude and plenty of humour putting their inimitable stamps on a range of familiar and not-so-familiar festive fare. This will guarantee to be a Christmas Party to remember.
Prior and the band will visit St John’s Evangelist Church in Cowley, Oxford on the 21 December.
Of all the festive traditions, few have stood the test of time better than the Christmas carol. Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band know this more than most, having been inspired by the music of Christmas for the past twenty-five years. Now and for the first time, the very best of these have been brought together on one album. “The Best of Maddy Prior and The Carnival Band” collects twenty-two tracks from across their career. Along the way you will find a mixture of the familiar and the less well known, all presented in a most unique style.
With an extensive experience in folk, medieval, world and classical music between them, the singer and players guide us to exquisite places. Telling the Christmas story in a variety of ways, the likes of ‘I Saw Three Ships’, ‘While Shepherds Watched’, ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’ and ‘The Holly Ivy’ are revealed as versatile, striking pieces of music with words to match.
Here are tour dates for the previous press release
Maddy Prior & The Carnival Band Tour Dates 2021
Tue 30th November The Atkinson Southport 01704 533333
Wed 1st December Lowther Pavilion Lytham St Annes 01253 794221
Sat 4th December The Kings Hall & Winter Garden Ilkley 01274 432000
Mon 6th December The Apex Bury St Edmunds 01284 758000
Tue 7th December St Georges Bristol 08454 024001
Wed 8th December The Corn Exchange Exeter 01392 665938
Fri 10th December The Revelation Ashford 01233 663201
Tue 14th December Cadogan Hall London 02077 304500
Wed 15th December The Stables Milton Keynes 01908 280800
Thurs 16th December Roses Theatre Tewkesbury 01684 295074
Sun 19th December Lyric Theatre Carmarthen 03452 263510
Mon 20th December Cheese & Grain Frome 01373 455420
Tue 21st December St John The Evangelist Oxford 01865 613507
Wed 22nd December Town Hall Birmingham 01212 896333