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Mary Humphreys and Anahata

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Mary Humphreys and Anahata are singers and musicians who specialise in English traditional music and song. Mary sings and plays English concertina and banjo, and Anahata plays melodeons, Anglo concertina and cello. They live in Cambridgeshire and much of their material is based on Mary's research into unpublished locally collected versions of traditional songs, presented in simple but well-crafted musical arrangements.

They have played at folk clubs and festivals all over the country, as well as being regular guests at a traditional music festival in Canada, and have an extensive discography both as a duo and in various collaborations.

They are members of Old Glory Molly, Anahata as a dancer and Mary as a musician. They also play for ceilidhs, as a duo Four Hand Band, a trio Ethel's Cats or in bands Fendragon and English Rebellion

Mary has been involved in several local Lottery Heritage funded education projects which you can find out about on her web site and both are on the committee of Suffolk Folk, Mary as the organisation's treasurer and Anahata mainly as the editor of Mardles, the main East Anglian folk magazine.

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"a lovely voice, enthusiastic delivery with sympathetic accompaniments on melodeon, concertina and cello. Mary's version of The Banks of the Nile was stunning."
Mick Harrington in "Shreds and Patches"

"Wonderful and unusual versions of songs and brilliant accompaniments and tunes."
Pete Coe, Ryburn Folk Club

"I've been playing it over and over as I've been driving around in the car" -
Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2

"Their music seems to be simple, pared-down, beautiful and timeless"
Mick Tems, Taplas