MULTI award-winning folk duo Ninebarrow, who have impressed audiences across the country, play Dorchester Corn Exchange on Saturday, March 28 at 8pm.

With their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition, they have been described by Mark Radcliffe as sounding like ‘two halves of one voice’, by Seth Lakeman as ‘a fantastic duo’ and by Kate Rusby as ‘absolutely amazing’.

Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere, who both hail from Dorset, combine breath taking vocal harmonies and melodies, delivering songs that are inspired and rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles.

In a few short years, the Dorset-based duo have carved themselves a distinctive niche on the folk roots scene for their outstanding harmonies, delicate instrumentation and engaging songs. In 2017, they were nominated at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in the ’Horizon’ category for ‘Best Emerging Artist’. One of the highest accolades in their genre, it was made even more exceptional because it was only a few months prior to this that Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere relinquished their jobs as a teacher and GP in favour of a full-time music career – an act of faith that has clearly paid dividends.

Since then, the duo have continued their upwards trajectory, graduating to more senior award categories, most recently picking up Best Duo in the 2019 awards.

Named after Nine Barrow Down in Dorset’s Purbeck hills, the duo have released three critically acclaimed albums with their most recent, The Waters and The Wild, receiving five-star reviews in the Morning Star and EDS Magazine.

For the first time, the duo will not only be joined by cellist and long-term collaborator, Lee MacKenzie, but also the extraordinary talent of John Parker on double bass and Evan Carson on percussion. With brand new songs and stunningly realised arrangements of some old favourites, The Ninebarrow Band promise something absolutely unique.

*Ninebarrow, Saturday, March 28, 8pm, Dorchester Corn Exchange, Dorchester. Call Dorchester Arts box office for tickets and more information.