Exciting folk act at Lion Salt Works Museum

24 Jan 2019 11:22

Exciting folk act, Sam Kelly and Jamie Francis kick off this year’s folk Salt Sessions at Cheshire’s award-winning Lion Salt Works Museum on Saturday 23 February

Following the huge success of last year’s sell-out performances at the ‘Salt Sessions’ folk events, Cheshire’s award-winning Lion Salt Works Museum is starting the new year on Saturday 23 February with talented and exciting young performers, Sam Kelly and Jamie Francis. With captivating performances that are fast becoming favourites at festivals, they will be joined by talented special guest singer, Kitty Macfarlane. Parking is free, tickets cost £12.50 and can be bought by contacting 07796 175437 or by emailing lswsessions@gmail.com.

Sam Kelly is a captivating performer with arguably one of the best male voices in British acoustic roots music. His fascination and commitment to music shines through and his passion for discovering and re-kindling his musical heritage has gained him the respect of his peers and audiences worldwide.

Often on tour with his band, ‘The Lost Boys’, on this occasion Sam Kelly will be performing with Jamie Francis.  Jamie has gained a reputation for a high class and dynamic show and as a duo they are exciting great interest on the festival scene.

 Somerset songwriter and guitarist, Kitty Macfarlane will join the duo as a special guest. Her music is rich with visual imagery and written with an eco-eye, gathering inspiration from the sky to the seabed – all carried by a voice ‘as clear as a mountain stream’.

 Councillor Louise Gittins, Cabinet Member for Communities and Wellbeing at Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: “I’m delighted that the new year’s Salt Sessions at the Lion Salt Works begins with such an exciting performance. We are often told that the Museum’s unique historic setting lends an intimacy and atmosphere to the Salt Sessions and we hope to build on its on-going success as a folk venue. This promises to be a magical evening, not to be missed.”   

The Lion Salt Works Museum has won nine awards since opening in 2015 after a four-year £10m restoration, including winning the National Lottery’s top award for heritage projects in 2016. Cheshire’s Lion Salt Works Museum tells the story of salt in fun and interactive displays, including a sound and light show that evokes the steam rising from the giant salt pans. In addition to a children’s play area, shop, butterfly garden and café, there are also year-round activities. These range from Touring Rural Arts plays, Super Salt Saturday (featuring science activities) to events featuring historic narrowboats and steam engines.

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