So What is a Gala Concert? – It is a concert with More

More Stars– Not just one or two but 5 acts and 8 performers

More Variety– Beautiful Harmonies, Incisive Song Writing, Virtuoso Music, Traditional Songs & Tunes, Old Time Music Hall and plenty to join in and enjoy

More Refreshments– There will be a small buffet available for everyone in the interval and a free glass of wine or soft drink for everyone on arrival

More local connections– All the performers have strong local connections most  of us being born in the area, living here now, or have lived here.

St Albans Maltings Theatre on Tuesday January 31st at 7.30pm Tickets £12 - Members can get their tickets at £9 per head (including free glass of wine and interval refreshments) when they use the discount code: CHOC

Said the Maidenare a young trio based in Hertfordshire have now definitely arrived as stars and are pleased to include the Gala Concert as part of their nationwide tour so their local fan base will get a chance to see them.  Their blend of harmonies is extraordinary and their arrangements of original and traditional material need only to be heard to be appreciated.

Pete Mortonhas an inimitable blend of contemporary idiom, powerful lyrics and traditional links which make him a true star performer whether working here or in Holland where he spends a lot of his time, or elsewhere.  He has new CDs out; one with Full House and a second solo album called The Land of Time.

James O’Gradyis one of the finest Irish Pipers in the land. He has appeared with Cara Dillon at Glastonbury and all round the world with The Oyster Band, Capercaillie, Bryn Terfel and others. In the past he fronted one of the top Scottish Orchestras playing music from Braveheart touring around Scotland. Now taking a break from touring to focus on his young family and his business interests he appears rarely but enjoys a chance like this to appear in a local venue.

Chris Sadler, musician of note, has worked with some of the biggest names in Irish music; Rose-Marie, Naimh Parsons and Noel Hill to name but a few.  A former resident of St Albans he enjoys returning to catch up with his friends and to work with Mike & James as he is doing here and also John Devine and The Devine Family.

Mike Ruffwho came up with the whole idea last year is a local professional singer, accordionist, dance teacher and author of books on Maypole, Morris and Country Dancing.  He finds that almost 95% of his work is at private functions whether in local care homes or with Brownie packs or weddings and larger corporate events with various different bands and line ups.  Apart from his appearances at the Farmland Museum where he is a Creative Partner and floor spots at local folk clubs the Gala Concert gives audiences a chance to see more of what he can do.

Allcock & Brown(Chris Sadler & Mike Ruff) are a Music Hall duo – Inventors of Music, Purveyors of Mirth and Almost Gentlemen – who sing and play songs from the Victorian and Edwardian Music Halls.  Many of the songs will be familiar to all. Joining in the chorus is almost compulsory.  Last year they appeared at St Georges Feast in Trafalgar Square, Reigate’s celebration for the Queen’s Birthday and at Hull’s Edwardian Easter and have appeared at Dickensian events, Christmas Markets, book launches and live on CNN.

More details of The Second Gala Concert are on the Maltings Theatre web site and Mike Ruff’s site. Tickets are available through Ticketsource.