James Dumbelton makes a welcome return to The Courtyard at The Folk and Costume Museum and this time, as one half of a dynamic instrumentalist duo. UK artiste, Andy Clarke joins James for what is sure to be an engaging and vibrant performance, on Monday 23rd July at 3pm.

James was born in Cornwall and  raised in Devon. A dynamic and entertaining performer he is much in demand on the English folk scene as a vocalist & multi-instrumentalist, having recorded and performed with the likes of singer and fiddle player Jackie Oates and Devon folk singer Jim Causley. James attended both Dartington College of Arts and then a folk music degree course in Newcastle for a time, picking up influences from all quarters and learning from a range of instrumentalists and singers. Now based in Guernsey in the Channel islands, James has developed an interest in the local traditions of these Islands, learning some of Guernsey’s Native tongue (Guernesiais) and developing material sympathetically in a traditional style. See more at: www.jamesdumbelton.com

On James’s album ‘Houmet Paradis’, he explores the sound of his mandolin in partnership with another instrument by the same maker, Andy Manson – in this instance a bouzouki in the hands of Andy Clarke. Together they have arranged traditional dance tunes and songs from as far afield as Sweden, Scotland and the West Country.

…..virtuosic profundity, that displays great sensitive and understanding of the instrument, Houmet Paradis is enchanting from beginning to end. (Living Tradition Magazine)

Andy Clarke’s roots go back to the 1960s where, as a child in his native Devon, he visited many folk song clubs with his father, himself a musician and singer in the area at that time. There Andy discovered a passion for traditional song. He cut his teeth as a performer in his late teens on the overseas forces folk club circuit, and upon his return to the UK he became involved in folk bands in and around Torbay, where he got involved with the running of a local folk club. (Andy now helps to run the Totnes Folk Club.) In recent years Andy has gained much experience as a solo artist, performing in clubs and festivals all around the country.

“An excellent singer and instrumentalist who performs with the skill and taste of a master craftsman” – Pete Coe

The sound of James and Andy’s musical partnership, can be seen here

How to find us:
Location Map: The Folk and Costume Museum, Saumarez Park, Castel, GY5 7UJ
Perry’s Guide Map: Reference 15 G2
Bus Routes: 41 and 42
Buses leave the Town Terminus every 15 minutes. Alight from the bus at Saumarez Park.

No ticket purchase. Entry at the gate.
Seating and refreshments are available, but please feel free to bring your own picnic, chairs and rugs and be at home, in your heritage Courtyard.
‘Preserving Guernsey’s heritage for future generations’