JC: The Legacy is a series of concerts originally bought about by the passing of the Late Great Johnny Collins in 2009. They were restarted again in 2018 to celebrate what would have been his 80th birthday, and this year’s concert marks ten years since his passing.
In 2018 The Wilson Family, Rich & Jess Arrowsmith and Jim Mageean & Graeme Knights, all MCed by Malc Gurnham, packed the venue. The evening was full of lively chorus songs and was greatly appreciated by all who attended.
On May 11th 2019, it all happened again! With Granny’s Attic, Daisybell and Jim Mageean & Graeme Knights, with Malc Gurnham holding it all together once more!
The Legacy continues, on Saturday May 9th we have another great evening planned for you.
This year’s concert will equally as thrilling as previous years and the line up is:-
- Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar
- Jim Mageean and Graeme Knights
- Malc Gurnham, keeping us all in line.
The late great Johnny Collins was a much loved and respected singer of mainly unaccompanied chorus songs, although his repertoire was by no means restricted to this only. Johnny always loved to get people joining in. Another of his strengths was encouraging up-and-coming acts and supporting more established groups. Johnny loved nothing more than a good evening of singing, and that is what we aim to provide!
Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar joined forces in 2011. Combining Russell’s powerful vocals and driving guitar style with Algar’s All-Ireland winning fiddle playing, the duo have become one of the most sought after acts on the British folk scene. In 2013 the pair won the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award before going on to win the Horizon Award for best breakthrough act from the same source in 2014. In 2015, they were nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Best Duo category.
Having toured extensively in the UK for five years, as well as in Denmark, Germany and The Netherlands, Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar have released 3 studio albums.
“folk at its very best” Maverick
“invigorating…infectious joy” Songlines
“Brimming with passion” FRUK
Bringing together our harmony credentials from Moses and The Ref and Hissyfit, CHaS are Christine Connolley, Hazel Richings and Steve Last. Together we sing songs from across the folk music spectrum in rich 3 part harmony.
Jim Mageean and Graeme Knights are mostly known in association with Johnny Collins. Jim had been singing in a duo with Johnny since 1975 and Graeme had also been singing with Johnny since 1999. Sometimes the three singers performed as a trio (they toured Canada as such in 2008) and the last recording Johnny made was the CD ‘Good Times’ with Jim and Graeme – so named because they always had such good times together.
Like Johnny, Jim and Graeme specialise in unaccompanied chorus songs, ranging from sea shanties to work songs, union songs, mining songs and of course drinking songs! Anything to get the audience to join in and ‘make the rafters roar’!