Performer Information

Malc Gurnham And Gill Gilsenan

Malc and Gill have almost 100 years experience between them of singing on the folkscene and the wider music scene. They have been performing as a duo for about 15 or so years, and have been an integral part of the Midlands folkscene singing solo and in various other line-ups since the mid-sixties! Malc Gurnham is an excellent singer, plays quite a variety of instruments (most of them with strings!) and is a highly regarded solo performer. He also can be found running singarounds and acting as an MC at many festivals throughout the country.  He has played in numerous bands as well as a soloist, in both the "popular" and folk music scene, and was once a brass player with The City of Coventry Brass Band. Currently in addition to singing with Gill also is part of GLORISHEARS CEILIDH BAND, and THE OLD 'UNs, (along with Gill) - A six-piece band consisting of a very experienced group of performer friends specially put together for Bedworth Folk Festival - but has now gained quite a local following and is also doing the occasional "other" gig! Latterly he has also played in THE KATHERINE FEAR BAND, and appeared on recordings by a number of well know performers including the late Johnny Collins As well as performing Malc promotes many folk events - he was for many years Festival Director of BEDWORTH FOLK FESTIVAL and remains the Organiser of BEDWORTH FOLK CLUB, one of the longest running clubs in the country (now also co-hosted by Gill), runs his own small recording studio FAT SAM MUSIC, and has presented his own Folk Music show on BBC Local Radio. Gill Gilsenan started singing at The Corner House Folk Club in the 70's (Run at the time by Malc) with her partner and later to be husband BRYAN SUNDERLAND, as a duo they became quite popular around the Midlands folk scene under the collective name of "THE FLYING SUNDERLANDS" performing close harmony Contemporary songs and traditional songs, particularly those from Bryans native North-East of England, and regularly visited Newcastles' popular Bridge Folk Club. Sadly Bryan died in the 80's, and although frequenting the local folk venues Gill did very little singing for some years. She met up with Ace guitarist DAVE BENNETT and formed both a musical and personal partnership and performing as SPIRIT MEASURE became an integral part of the the Coventry Folk Music scene, running clubs and sessions at a multitude of venues around the City. Over the last dozen or so years Gill has got more involved in Malcs folk music promotions and latterly helps look after some of the administration of Bedworth Folk Club and until its demise Bedworth Folk Festival. As a duo Malc & Gill, not surprisingly with their backgrounds, have a wide diversity of material, both traditionally, contemporary, country and even 60's based, and ranging from clever harmony work to humour and even a serious ballad or two, performed either a-capella or with Malcs pleasantly understated guitar accompaniment. Much of their material uses their own unique approach to arranging, and adaptation of tunes to help emphasise the meaning or sentiment of the lyrics.

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