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Folk musicians' 20-year special

PUBLISHED: 11:23 11 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:38 06 July 2010

TWO musicians will mark 20 years together next weekend with a special gig at Waveney Folk Club.

Local singer-songwriter John Ward first met violinist Mario Price in 1990, a year when Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister, Nelson Mandela was set free and the Gulf War began.

TWO musicians will mark 20 years together next weekend with a special gig at Waveney Folk Club.

Local singer-songwriter John Ward first met violinist Mario Price in 1990, a year when Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister, Nelson Mandela was set free and the Gulf War began. The two met at Waveney Folk Club, when Mario started playing a tune and John joined in.

It would be this chance encounter that started a lasting musical partnership, as in the months that followed Mario began to join John at some of his gigs. Gradually he became more involved, until together they were recording albums and touring the country together.

To celebrate 20 years together, they will be performing a special anniversary gig at the club where it all started, before touring the country with dates in Yorkshire, Kent and Wiltshire.

The special concert promises to be a lively evening, with old favourites from John's extensive songbook alongside some traditional folk and stirring tunes from Mario.

John will also be airing tracks from his forthcoming sixth album, a collection of local songs inspired by the east coast.

John Ward and Mario Price will be at the Waveney Folk Club, at Crown Street Hall, Lowestoft, on Friday, June 18. Doors open at 8pm with the performance from 9pm. Admission is £4 on the door.


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