Roots music treats: from Diana Jones - and Ferguson, Holmes & Henry

FLOWERFIELD Arts Centre welcomes a feast of wonderful roots-based music over the next two weeeks, as the Real Music Club bring Diana Jones here for a show on Friday June 29, and bluegrass/folk trio Ferguson Holmes & Henry play a return date on July 7.

The June 29 show, which starts at 8pm, is promoted by the Real Music Club inBelfast, who brought fabulous concerts by Sam Baker and Tom Russell to Flowerfield in the last year. Tickets for the show are priced at £15, and are available online from www.realmusicclub.comnted tickets are available frreception atFlowerfield Arts Centre and can be purchased by telephone using your credit or debit card - call (028) 7083 1400 for details.

High Atmosphere is the third album in the remarkable career arc of singer-songwriter Diana Jones. As Bill Friskics-Warren so aptly pointed out in his New York Times profile, Jones ‘approaches the mountain-ballad tradition not as a curiosity or antique - but as a renewable vernacular that’s just as capable of speaking to the human condition now as it was 80 years ago’.

The album she dedicated to her grandfather, My Remembrance of You, earned Jones a nomination as Best Emerging Artist at the Folk Alliance Awards, leading to tours with Richard Thompson and Mary Gauthier, appearances at folk festivals on both sides of the Atlantic, and covers of her songs by Gretchen Peters and Joan Baez.

“There’s some kind of channeling from some other lifetime going on,” Baez marveled. “I don’t know the answer to these things, but all I can think of is that it must come from some mysterious partof her soul.”