Clamp & Ian Lawrence
harmonica, vocals), moved to Wales
from the Celtic fringes of Surrey in the 70s and couldn't find his
way back. A stalwart of the south Wales folk scene for over 25 years;
Playing, singing, promoting, some might say he's been a bit of an
has played in various bands over the years including The Kitchen
Syncopators, Juice of Barley, Juice, Bristol Channel Yankees, Murphy's
Law and influential ragtime duo Hamstrung Bones, not to mention
his own occasional big band, The Eduardo Clampini Allstars. He has
now teamed up with Pat Smith and they are really developing as a
new and exciting duo.
Ned will also be
the Concert Director during the weekend.
Ian Lawrence (guitar,
resonator guitar, mandolin)
After starting out
playing pop music in the 60s, Ian spent most of the 70s with Shakin
Stevens & the Sunsets. During this time, he developed an interest
in country music, and took up the pedal steel guitar. Ian later
went on to work with country rock bands such as Quarter Moon and
Southpaw. An invitation to join a bluegrass band led to further
exploration of acoustic music, taking up the dobro and mandolin.
After jamming together
at various Cardiff folk clubs, Ned and Ian teamed up to further
explore their common interest in that particular area where country
music meets folk (some say collide). As a duo they provide a strong
variety of songs and tunes in a lively manner which, combined with
Ned's ready wit, ensure an entertaining and enjoyable time.