If you don’t fancy yet another panto and are actively trying to avoid the more saccharine, tinselly aspects of the Christmas season then Richard Durrant’s candlelit Christmas tour is definitely the right choice for you.
In fact, the maverick musician, guitarist and songwriter Richard Durrant may have uncovered the true meaning of midwinter.
He is back in town with his ever-popular candlelit tour now in its 15th year.
The Brighton born musician has toured as a soloist all over the world. He likes to mix things up musically seeing the festive season through a Pagan as well as a Christian lens.
“I love midwinter and carefully mark the solstice but I’m also drawn to the true meaning of Christmas. Then there’s that crazy music that re-emerges each year. As the night’s draw do I listen to a 12th-century carol or some 1970’s chart music”.
With the help of his regular winter companions the singer Amy Kakoura and master fiddler Nick Pynn (who will also play the dulcimer, musical saw and bass pedals) Richard’s 2019 tour is musically richer than ever.
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Virtuoso guitar solos, the oldest song in the Oxford Book of Carols, Breton folk, British fiddle tunes and some well-chosen curiosities from the charts, all played from behind shimmering candlelight, seem to indicate Durrant’s desire to draw the audience closer.
Certainly, the musical diversity indicates a very particular and inclusive take on our shared wintertime with Christmas. The Solstice and an inherent, heartfelt generosity, warmth and optimism at the very heart of the show.
Last year the trio’s live version of XTC’s Love on a Farmboy’s Wages proved such a curiosity that it was aired on BBC6 Music. Subsequently, a small collection of live recordings from Christmas 2018 were released during the tour.
Richard Durrant’s candlelit Christmas tour will be in Beverley on Thursday 5 December at Toll Gavel United Church.
The show is at 7.30PM with tickets priced at £16 and £14 for concessions. You can purchase tickets by calling 01262 678258 and also at Beverley Library.