James Hickman and Dan Cassidy Concert
Please come along and support this exciting concert and the BCP, and have a good time into the bargain! Monies raised will support the Brading Community Partnership, The Youth Club and Building. Charity No 1172210.
The BCP charity is all about the Brading Community and its well being, so please find time to come along and support us. We really do need your support for the BCP to achieve its aims, as we have a lot of money to raise!
James Hickman and Dan Cassidy (who is the brother of the late Eva Cassidy and played on many of her recordings) have played in Brading twice before, to good houses.
James was born in Shrewsbury Shropshire where he was raised on a diet of folk and bluegrass music. James’ father (an avid bluegrass musician) bought him his first guitar and at the age of thirteen he started performing with him at sessions and folk clubs.
After music college, James travelled with his guitar to Ireland and then to Iceland. In Iceland he co-formed ‘The Dan Cassidy Swing Quartet’. James then returned to England where he began performing as a solo artist and formed the duo ‘Hickman and Quinn’. He went on to join folk group Uiscedwr and worked with them for two years.
James now performs in the UK and Europe as part of ‘Hickman and Quinn’,‘The Dan Cassidy Swing Quartet’ and ‘James Hickman and Dan Cassidy’.
Dan grew up in a musical family in Maryland, USA, gaining a solid backround in music after taking up the violin on his tenth birthday. His formative years as a teenager were productive, as Dan absorbed a broad spectrum of musical styles on the violin, including classical, jazz, bluegrass, country, blues, and rock.
While touring professionally in the U.K. in the 1980’s, Dan was introduced to the music of Shetland fiddler Aly Bain, which sparked his keen interest in celtic music, and the U.K. folk scene in general. Dan has spent the last 15 years in Iceland as a successful session musician, and has been returning to the U.K regularly to perform with his own group, The Dan Cassidy Swing Quartet. He appears on several recordings of his sister, the late Eva Cassidy.