Choir contestants to perform in Lyme Regis

PUBLISHED: 17:00 16 February 2017

The Longest Johns with Gareth Malone. Picture: BBC

The Longest Johns with Gareth Malone. Picture: BBC

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If you’ve been following The Choir on BBC with Gareth Malone, you will undoudtedly have noticed a bunch of bearded Bristolian blokes who rather stand out from the crowd.

Now the Longest Johns, fresh from their appearance on the popular TV show, are among the acts appearing next month at Lyme Folk Revisited, the annual fundraiser for the town’s summer folk festival.

The one-off show will be held on Saturday, March 18, at the Pilot Boat, in Lyme Regis, and features three acts from across the region.

The five-strong singing group, all in their 20s, bring a youthful vigour – and a touch of bawdy Bristolian humour – to their performances of traditional shanties and their own original material.

Joining them for the evening will be Saskia Griffiths-Moore, a young singer-songwriter really making a name for herself on the folk circuit.

Saskia’s unique voice, perfectly complemented by her highly accomplished guitar style, brings new life to classic songs and her own brilliant compositions, and has already made her a popular performer in Lyme, with several appearances at the Marine Theatre and Lyme Folk Weekend.

She is currently working on a much-anticipated second album.

Completing the evening are Mitchell and Vincent, a highly sought-after duo who have been among the most popular performers at Lyme Folk Weekend for the last four years.

David Mitchell (guitar) and Graham Vincent (violin and vocals) play a stunning mix of high tempo tunes to get your toes tapping and beautifully soulful folk ballads to melt your heart.

A Lyme Folk organiser said: ‘The annual Revisited show is becoming a traditional event for us, and we are delighted to welcome such amazing talent once again.

“All the performers are donating their time so all the proceeds from the show go to helping us put on the summer festival.

“We think this year’s show will be right up there with the previous ones in terms of quality, and we are particularly thrilled to be holding the evening in the Pilot Boat, as we think an intimate but friendly setting will suit our performers perfectly.”

Tickets for the Lyme Folk Revisited fundraiser are £10, available online at www.lymefolk.com, from Lyme Regis Tourist Information Centre (01297 442138) or from the Pilot Boat, 1 Bridge Street, Lyme Regis.

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