Folk meets Hip Hop in Clonter Opera show
FOLK meets hip hop in the last show to arrive at Congleton's Clonter Opera Theatre.
The Lock In sees the unlikely fusion as some of the country's oldest dance forms collide with some of the most contemporary styles of performance.
The show, the brainchild of award-winning folk band The Demon Barbers, sees a group of street dancers arrive at an apparently deserted pub. Local rumour has it that The Fighting Cocks is the place to be after hours but as the regulars arrive, a clash of cultures turns into a dance floor stand-off.
Artistic director Damien Barber says: "I've always seen folk music and dance as an incredibly modern and vibrant living tradition and wanted to find a way to bring that vision to the widest possible audience.
"The Lock In is the result of several years of artistic collaborations and development and I'm extremely excited that it's finally touring."
Damien's name is sure to be a familiar one to folk fans.
He's been a professional musician since 1989 and is best known for his work with his electric folk band.
The Demon Barbers were named Best Live Act at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2009.
But Damien says The Lock In is one of the most exciting projects he's ever worked on.
"The response has been phenomenal from both folkies and street dance fans," he continues.
"All our dancers have also taken the opportunity to learn from each other and have been amazed by the similarities and shared experiences they found in the two – seemingly very different – dance styles".
Radio 2 Young Folk Award nominee Maz O' Connor will be providing support on the night, following the release of her debut album, Upon A Stranger Shore, last year.
To book tickets to see The Lock In, on Sunday, February 17, call the box office on 01260 224514.