Gentle guitar duo Blackwater at Crookes Folk Club night

Folk duo Blackwater
Folk duo Blackwater
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Blackwater, Crookes Folk Club

This week Blackwater, a duo of accomplished singers and guitarists based in the Wakefield area, return to the regular night club sessions in Crookes.

Ruth Wells learned classical guitar as a child and teenager but then fell silent until her mid-30s, when she took up with Gaelforce, gigging all over the UK and Europe, later playing with The Puredrop, Stafford Wells and Frigga.

Tony Dargan has been playing the guitar since he was 13, performing in pubs and clubs as a soloist and with Tanya Nights and Kevin Coy.

Between them, Tony and Ruth have, over the years, played at many festivals up and down the country and have appeared on the same bill as many prominent people of the folk world.

They include Vin Garbutt, Swarbrick and Carthy, Jez Lowe, Kris Drever and Dick Gaughan.

Blackwater have played their mix of popular, obscure and self-penned material both at home and abroad since 2008.

Their trademark sound is a gentle, enchanting and highly polished blend of acoustic guitars and voices.

The gig is part of the regular weekly session at the Princess Royal pub on Slinn Street, Crookes.

Entry is free and doors open at 7.45pm for an 8pm start.

Singers and musicians are welcome to go along and perform as well.

Next week Chris Scarlett is the special guest at the club.

The Leeds performer has played in a variety of cover bands, tribute bands, original bands and acoustic acts.

He writes melodic and accessible songs loaded with wry social observations.