A FOOT-TAPPING folk night special is set to kick off the new Mountbatten concert series in style next month.

Acclaimed folk musician Mick Sands and his fellow band members, collectively known as The Rolling Wave, will perform at the John Cheverton Centre at 7.30pm next Thursday, September 5.

Concert-goers will be treated to an evening of folk dance music and song from the Irish musical tradition, performed on a wide range of traditional instruments such as the fiddle, uillean pipes, flute, whistle, tenor banjo and bodhran, as well as piano, guitar and viola.

Mick Sands, who sings and plays flute whistle and bodhran, has been a traditional signer and musician 40 years.

During his long and accomplished career, he has composed with the RSC, the Royal National Theatre and the Peter Hall Company, as well being named 2014 'artist of the year' by the American radio station Live Ireland, based in Chicago.

Nigel Hartley, Mountbatten chief executive, said: “I’m really pleased Mick and his fellow musicians have agreed to come and perform – I have heard their music many times, and they always get a great reception!”

“As we launch our concert series for this year, it’s important to reflect on the power of music for making us all feel connected and part of something.”

“Our music concerts are for everyone and anyone to attend and we hope that as many people as possible will come and find out that our hospice is a warm and inviting place where memories can be made.”

Tickets cost £10, there is no need to book.

Refreshments and free parking will also be available.

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