Folk star to perform at Queen’s Theatre

PUBLISHED: 19:06 28 November 2012

Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band wil be performing at the Queen's Theatre

Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band wil be performing at the Queen's Theatre


Folk music pioneer Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band will be returning to the Queen’s Theatre for a night of Carols and Capers.

Everyone can get into the Christmas spirit early as Maddy and the band lay on a refreshingly entertaining variety of festive fare – a mixture of familiar carols and original seasonal songs, lots of laughs and a fantastic blend of instruments old and new at the Billet Lane theattre on Sunday December 2 at 7.30pm.

Maddy is best-known as the lead singer and founder of the legendary folk-rock band Steeleye Span, famous for hits such as All Around my Hat. She also worked with the rock band Jethro Tull and the prog-rock and folk star Mike Oldfield.

For nearly 30 years now, the Carnival Band have made a name for themselves bringing together dozens of styles of music and combining melodies from across the centuries with sounds from around the world in an irreverently joyous mix! Performing all over the globe from Sudan to Tokyo and releasing 10 albums with Maddy, they regularly blow crowds away with their eclectic mix of instruments – ranging from the guitar and violin to the Malian djembe drum and Flemish bagpipes!

The band’s impossibly talented musicians are Andy Watts, Giles Lewin, Jub Davis, Steno Vitale and Steve Banks, who have worked with some the UK and Europe’s most respected music institutions including the Royal Academy of Music, the English National Opera, the London Chamber Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

Combining beautiful festive melodies with plenty of fun and laughter, Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band promise audiences a Christmas party to remember!

Tickets for the show cost £19 and £17 for concessions from the box office on 01708 443333 or book online at For more information, visit and

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