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Two acts that were important features of the 60’s music scene are scheduled to appear at the Stamford Corn Exchange towards the end of October.

Firstly, one of the great storytellers of the time, Ralph McTell, who’s now celebrating almost 50 years on the road appears on Wednesday October 28. Known for his virtuoso guitar style, he’s primarily a prolific and gifted songwriter. With a style that invites you into a unique world, he weaves a narrative that’s both significant and poignant.

Ralph made his debut in 1968 with the album Eight Frames a Second and a few years later the release of Streets of London was a massive chart hit and earned him an Ivor Novello Award. He’s also received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Ralph’s appearance is followed two days later on Friday October 30 by a visit of some Liverpool sixties legends – the Merseys. This duo consists of Billy Kinsley and Tony Crane, and derives from another group, The Merseybeats (pictured left), who emerged from Liverpool in the early 60s, performing alongside The Beatles, at the famous Cavern Club. The band went on to enjoy world wide hits with such songs as, Don’t Turn Around and Wishin’ and Hopin’.

Billy and Tony then as a duo, formed The Merseys, and enjoyed a worldwide hit with The Unforgettable Sorrow, a song later covered by David Bowie.

Joining The Merseys for the Stamford date are The Dakotas who had an instrumental hit with The Cruel Sea. Together with Billy J Kramer, they had many major hits, including, Little Children, Bad to Me and Do You Want to Know a Secret.

The bill is completed by that popular local band Sounds Force 5.

Tickets for the shows at Stamford Corn Exchange are available from the Box Office on 01780 766455.

Keith Dalton

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