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Anyone with itchy feet and a restless mind would be well served to head down to Middlesbrough’s Toft House on Saturday 30th March, where the eternally wandering troubadour Johnny Campbell will set his hat for one night only.

Campbell’s a rich storyteller, with a wealth of tales to tell from his travels far and wide. Having performed 90 gigs last year ranging across the UK, Netherlands, Germany, France, Austria, Slovenia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Finland, Norway and The Faroe Islands, he’s picked up songs of protest, migration and debauchery along the way, often delivered with frantic style which veers between trad folk and bluegrass fingerpicking. It’s certain that the alt. folk star will have any audience mesmerised.

Support comes from lo-fi experimentalists The Woven Project, who return to the live scene after a four year hiatus. Now a three-piece, they’re armed with new material which demonstrates folk-led influences alongside capacious synths and swoonsome melodies. Opening the show, Teesside-based multi-instrumentalist and ‘community musician’ Parissa Zarifi will demonstrate her astonishing talent and stunning voice; having won serious praise from all who have encountered her wistful songs, you’ll kick yourself if you miss her. Get down early.


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