The recession hit everyone hard; be it families, retailers, or public services. Many shops went out of business and many facilities shut down. There were some, who despite all this, managed to survive. The Maltings Arts Theatre in St. Albans is one of these examples.
The decline in ticket sales in 2008 took the theatre to the brink of being lost forever, but desperate times can often turn about innovative ideas. The resident OV Theatre Company uplifted from its home on Pudding Lane and planted new roots in The Maltings Shopping Centre, where for the next two years it worked with visiting performers. In 2012, they staged fifty events, not only traditional plays, but also comedy, blues, dance, opera, chamber music, workshops, poetry, and folk nights.
Now in 2013, they are going strong, and their folk nights are a regular event. Their next Folk @ The Maltings stars Tandem, which is rather appropriate considering he was a finalist for the New Roots 2013 young musician award. Everyone is laying down new roots, it appears.
Tandem is a band from Lincolnshire that mix traditional guitar and vocals with electronic sound. They recently released their debut album, From Good Stock.
Also performing on the 1st November is home town 'boy', Chris Flegg, who already has four jazz albums under his belt.
Watford and Hemel's Jus' S'Posin really does take folk music back to its origins with instruments such as guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, and even a washboard and tea-chest bass.