Highly-regarded guitarist teams up with sensitive young musical talent

STEVE Tilston's Trades Roots series returns next Thursday (March 13) with a double bill featuring one of the best fingerstyle guitarists around with an up-and-coming local musical talent.

Duck Baker, is one of the world's most highly regarded fingerstyle guitarists, plays everything from traditional Irish music to modern jazz via old-time mountain music and bluegrass, blues, gospel, ragtime, and swing.

He is a virtuoso player but his performances depend as much on his humorous and informative stage manner as on technical bravura. A musicians’ musician, he’s been described as a “true genius of guitar” by Stefan Grossman, who would certainly know one when he saw one.

He is supported by local singer songwriter Alice Jane, who has impressed many with sensitive and thoughtful songs way beyond what’s expected of one so young. The doors open at Hebden Bridge Trades Club at 9pm, tickets are 6 and 4 (members).

l Meanwhile this weekend’s events at Hebden Bridge Trades Club kicks off tomorrow (Friday) with a night of dance with The Hub - Underground house and techno for your aural pleasure with Wolfie, DJ Ride, Key-Lo and Charlie Short. Start 9.30 pm, 6 and 4.

The Trades welcomes The Steals, Andrea Glass and Dave Rigg and Dan Collins on Saturday.

With their blend of Jayn Hanna’s vocals, described, by turns, as haunting, angelic and sublime, alongside John Hogg’s awe-inspiring guitar work, The Steals are a band that transcend the multi-layered, burgeoning Leeds music scene,.

Their talents initially combined back in 2004, have produced an alternative sound with a rich blues/folk undertone that is original, moving and accessible.

The band have attracted a series of powerful reviews for both their live performances, and ‘Floodlights’, their self-released, six-track EP, consisting of five enchanting vocal/guitar offerings, lyrically scripted by Jayn, and one beautifully crafted solo acoustic piece from John, called, ‘Song to the Sea’.

Support comes from blues-country influenced Andrea Glass. Andrea’s style is part folk, part Americana. In July 2007 she quit teaching and flew out to Nashville to record her debut album Stood Under Stars featuring some of Nashville’s finest, including legendary steel player Al Perkins (The Rolling Stones, Flying Burrito Brothers, Emmylou Harris).

Dan Collins and Dave Rigg have the rawest of the old blues sounds. Dave is one of the finest harmonica players in the country and Dan has dedicated the greater part of his life to blues guitar.