So pleased to be presenting to you the most wonderful Kirsty Merryn, as she headlines Dubrek Studios with her elegant folk twists on electric piano and vocals.

Kirsty is no stranger to our city, having played at Derby Cathedral (just up the road from us in the Cathedral Quarter Derby) on the 2017 Derby Folk Festival bill as part of her work promoting her album She & I. Those of you who caught that performance know full well how good this gig will be in our intimate studio setting.

Kirsty Merryn is one of the most arresting and unconventional new young singer songwriters on the UK folk roots scene, with a style uniquely her own.

London-based, New Forest-born Kirsty launched her debut album She & I at London’s Union Chapel on November 9 whilst supporting Show of Hands on their extensive UK Cathedrals tour.

She & I is Kirsty’s highly acclaimed debut album. Skilfully produced by in-demand, award-winning Gerry Diver (who also plays myriad instruments), She & I comprises eight Merryn originals, focusing on the diverse stories of inspirational women in history, from Emma Hamilton to Annie Edson Taylor – the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel and survive! It has received extensive air play including The Mike Harding Folk Show, national airplay on the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show, the BBC Radio 3 World Music Show, as well as many regional BBC channels. It reached number 3 in the Amazon Folk Charts and continues to receive great reviews from newspapers including The Guardian, The Sunday Express and many more.

In support will be Vikasati!

Vikasati are every bit skilled as they are elusive. With a minimal media prescence, they have let the music speak for itself, and it doth belt. Another duo, this time Keyboard and Drums, their cool chilled jazz melodies and progressions combined with machine accurate beats paints one of the most captivating ambiances within the Derby music scene.

Also in support will be Wirksworth folk duo Cenote Collective.
Also no strangers to Derby Folk festival, Cenote Collective performed at The Old Bell Hotel in Derby as part of the 2018 Folk Festival line up curated in part by Furthest from the Sea Music, Comedy & Arts.

Fairly quiet on Social Media, but actively performing in the flesh, Carol Fieldhouse and Nigel Corbett (multi-instrumentalist, also a member of Chesterfield’s Some Antics) bring forward wonderfully delivered songs on guitar, fiddle and vocals. Calming, warm, engaging.

Carol’s album, Linen, was described as ‘a breath of fresh air’, a phrase that fits ‘like a glove, with its evocative ambience, the special aura of the cool summer’s day. A vision of fresh linen, indeed… absolutely lovely’ and made Celtic Music Radio’s Album of the Week when it was released in 2016.

Tickets for this event are available on Eventbrite:

£4 including the booking fee, £5 on the door.

The Dubrek Studios bar and kitchen will both be open, so come down early and grab some food before the show! We have a fully licensed bar, as well as vegan, vegetarian and omnivore food options.