The Mutual Acquaintances at Southern Sydney Folk Club
December 9 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pmA$25.00
The Mutual Acquaintances, comprised of Ian Barker, Lucas Critchley, Brett Guyer and Michael Spencer – is a four-piece ensemble performing new and traditional Anglo-Irish music with vocals, guitars, cittern, accordion, tin whistles, percussion, bass and uilleann pipes. Ian Barker and Michael Spencer have been performing together for more than 20 years, since their studies at the NSW State Conservatorium of Music in Sydney. They were both drawn to the Anglo-Irish singing tradition and they continue to find inspiration in the music and their harmony singing. When Michael moved to the Southern Highlands, he was delighted to find professional musicians who were just as passionate about Irish music. Lucas Critchley is a composer, performer from Sydney who has travelled across Sydney and across the globe, all the while engaging in a wide variety of world music. Brett Guyer is a highly respected piper who has mastered both the Scottish bagpipes as well as the Irish Uilleann Pipes. This is the instrument that is inflated by bellows strapped to the piper’s elbow. While Brett played for many years in the strict traditions of competitive pipe bands, he found himself drawn to the more relaxed culture of the Irish music session.
Together, they present a rich program of traditional and contemporary folk music ranging from a cappella songs to atmospheric pipe solos and lively sets of jigs and reels.
Support performance by Mark Wilkes.