Glorious tapestry of sound

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Four musicians, who would be regarded as outstanding whatever the musical genre, were together on stage at Wiltshire Music Centre last Wednesday.

They are collectively Kan, a new folk group on their first tour. They play jigs, reels and wordless lyrical tunes which evoke people and places in a way that gets under your skin.

Although Kan is new, the members of the group are well established individually.

Brian Finnegan, flute and whistle player extraordinaire, is a distinguished soloist but was also with Flook, winner of the 2006 BBC Folk Awards, for more than 13 years.

On the night Kan appeared at WMC Brian learned he had been nominated for the BBC Folk Awards musician of the year. The result will be announced in February.

His performance gave the audience every reason to back the nomination.

Fiddler Aidan O'Rourke was a member of the renowned Lau band. Guitarist Ian Stephenson was in the band that won the 1999 BBC young folk award and percussionist Jim Goodwin also played with Flook from time to time and plays with classical orchestras in between folk gigs.

It was an exhilarating evening of music with colour, texture and charm.

Finnegan, O'Rourke and Stephenson all showcased their own compositions,which reflected their very different personalities.

But their differences blended into a glorious tapestry of sound.

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