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Fundraising gig at the Merlin

FROME-based professional singer, song writer and multi-instrumentalist  Kate Lissauer is honoured and excited to announce that her first live gig for five months will take place as a fund-raising event with the Merlin Theatre on Saturday 15th August.

Promoters said, “Well-known on the touring scene as band leader for old-time country string band  Buffalo Gals, an evening with Kate Lissauer is always a delight.  She is  as famed for her humorous stories and warm rapport with audiences as she is for her musical talent.  

“As part of the theatre’s outdoor summer programme Kate’s fiddle, banjo, guitar and voice talents will be joined by master ‘foot and body percussionist’ Jenny Read.  The art of body percussion is seen in the music of many cultures and, in the case of traditional American music, the stomping, striking and dance stepping of the traditional 

“Appalachian ‘flat foot’ dance style represent and replace the rhythms often represented by drumming in other musical genres. Body percussion also makes use of patting, clapping and noises with the whole body, not just the feet. In the case of the Frome audience in August, they will see Jenny freestyle dancing using the influences of her skills in clog dance and African boot dance too.

“ Originally hailing from Maryland in the USA,  roots music, country-influenced and bluegrass talent Kate is also the joint composer for a series of unique, live-scored black and white Hollywood silent movie shows, the latest of which managed to premier just days before lockdown.”   

Kate explains,  “We were on tenterhooks right up until the day of the premier of the new film at a film festival.  It was decided on the day that we would go ahead, which we did to a rapturous nearly full-house. 

“Such excitement, then crashed and crushed into lockdown.  Obviously I play and sing all the time at home, but to be offered the chance to play again for a show after five months is so very exciting.  The Merlin Theatre is an important resource for the whole community but also holds a very special place indeed in my heart so we can hardly wait to get playing.”

Kate Lissauer and Jenny Read will perform on Saturday August 15th at the Merlin Theatre, Frome.  This is a fund-raiser gig and all tickets, which will be strictly limited in number due to social distancing rules, must be booked in advance; available online only at 

If you would like to know more about Kate Lissauer’s solo performing work, Buffalo Gals band or Sonic Silents touring film projects she can be contacted via www.LostWithoutTrace.comor 

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