Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winners for ‘Best Duo’ appear at The Atkinson on Friday 10 July.

The couple infuse ageless stories of love and loss with their exquisite command of many instruments. Whether interpreting words centuries old or singing her own authentic lyrics, Josienne’s jewel-like voice finds the nuance in the simplest phrase and sends it, effortlessly, straight to your heart. Ben’s musical tact and flair for arrangement provide the perfect setting, allowing the song centre-stage.
After meeting in July 2009 they have forged their own path through traditional music. The live performance is a thing of delight – enchanted reviewers have spoken of shimmering cathedrals of sound – and its purity will stay with you long after the last note fades.
Critical recognition soon followed, along with the Isambard Folk Award, and the FATEA Award for Best Album and Female Vocalist of the Year, and the Spiral Award for Best Duo.
In 2013 their debut release on Navigator Records – Fire and Fortune – reached No.1 on the Amazon folk chart within three months, garnered rave reviews and a constellation of stars across the board, and brought them coveted BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominations for Best Newcomers and Best Duo in 2014.
Their new album Nothing Can Bring Back the Hour was one of the most anticipated releases of 2014 and reviews have been outstanding.
A bold success’ – The Telegraph

Tickets are £12 and can be booked online at or by calling The Atkinson’s Box Office on 01704 533333. Tickets are also available over the counter.

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Listing Information
Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker
Friday 10 July, 7.30pm
Tickets: £12
Booking Fee: £2.50 per transaction for online and telephone bookings

About The Atkinson
The Atkinson is Southport’s beautiful new home for music, theatre, art, poetry, literature and history, right in the middle of Lord Street in Southport. Significant investment has been made in refurbishing the stunning 19th century buildings, to create a really welcoming multi art-form venue with a strong contemporary feel.
The Atkinson offers an exciting and varied destination for families, cultural tourists and arts enthusiasts alike, with a full day and night time offer. Wile the day away visiting the new shop, that sells gifts and contemporary crafts from regional makers and then relax in the Bakery, choosing from a selection of artisan bread sandwiches, cakes and sharing platters. You can even take little bit of The Atkinson home with you from the delicatessen. Wonder through the major exhibitions and see performances from some of the UK’s foremost musicians, actors, performers and companies, films, family activities and much more.

Posted on 1 July 2015 under General news

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