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Band's crowning glory gig precedes home-town party

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 13, 2013

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Cornish fish punk gang Crowns have a couple of exciting shows coming up ahead of their own festive high-jinks in their home town of Launceston next weekend.

The quartet are supporting their heroes The Pogues at London's Brixton Academy on Thursday when the famed ensemble, fronted by Shane MacGowan, play their Rum, Sodomy and the Lash album in its entirety. The following night the chaps are off to Manchester's Academy where they will open the Levellers' final show of the year. Then on Saturday, December 21, Crowns are hosting their own Christmas knees-up with some special guests back where it all began at Harveys Bar in Launceston – the venue referenced in their single Full Swing.

Crowns – Bill Jefferson, Jake Butler, Jack Speckleton and Rob Ramplin – are inspired by both the old folk songs of Cornwall and a teenage diet of American post-punk They released their debut album Stitches in the Flag, earlier this year and aired its tracks at a host of summer festivals, including Glastonbury, Download, Reading and Leeds, Leopallooza, Chagstock and Looe. A second album is in the pipeline.

Bella spreads festive cheer in a blaze of fairylights

Dulcet-toned Bella Hardy is recognised as one of the most creative, prolific and original voices on the contemporary folk scene.

A great lover of the festive season, she has released a Christmas single – I Would Bring You The Moon – and is currently spreading good cheer on a UK tour that brings her to Exeter Phoenix on Wednesday, December 18. The Derbyshire lass performs a combination of traditional and self-penned material.

The winner of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Original Song Award in 2012 with The Herring Girl, she is nominated for Folk Singer of the Year 2014.

For her Christmas performance – on her stage decked with fairy lights and baubles – Bella is joined by Scottish guitar player Anna Massie (Blazing Fiddles) and concertina maestro Chris Sherburn to share songs from her own albums as well as some Yuletide favourites to put us all in the mood.

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