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If you’re looking for something more peaceful and thoughtful for your spring evening, then don’t worry: the good people at Heaton Perk have you covered. On Thursday 27th April, the café hosts an intimate evening of immersive folk guitar.

Headlining on the night is Toby Hay, a Welsh guitarist and composer whose debut album The Gathering has been receiving adoring critical notices for its intelligent blend of British folk revivalism with ideas from Indian ragas, African Kora music and Welsh harp playing. Hinting at imagined landscapes both geographic and emotional, Hay’s playing is a joy to behold.

Appearing alongside him is Jim Ghedi, whose solo album Home Is Where I Exist, Now to Live & Die has taken him across Europe as he continues to explore the possibilities of fingerpicked harmonics and twelve-string playing to craft spacious and ambitious one-man orchestrations, as well as Steve Malley’s project The Horse Loom, whose own unique spin on folk tradition folds avant-garde composition and punk attitude into powerful and formidably Northumbrian artistry.

It’s a rare opportunity to see three prestigious guitar talents in the same cosy room and on the same bill, and one bound to enthral both the dedicated folk listener and those just dipping their toes into their circuit.

Toby Hay plays Heaton Perk, Newcastle on Thursday 27th April.

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