Kan live at Hitchin Folk Club

Every so often musicians will take a break from their subsequent bands to join together and start another. With a long sabbatical on the cards for Flook, flute player Brian Finnegan and fiddle player Aidan O Rourke from Lau have teamed up with Ian Stephenson on guitar and Manchester drummer Jim Goodwin to become Kan. With no album currently available they can only get their music played in the best way possible, “live”.

Four nights into their short tour where best to play than, Hitchin Folk Club, who seem to have a knack of discovering and nurturing new artists and bands. Show of Hands played their first ever show here and the likes of Seth Lakeman, Kate Rusby and Paul Simon, now more comfortable on the festival circuits started early in their careers on the 8ft by 3ft stage in Hitchin. Even comedians Billy Connolly and Jasper Carrott started on their road to fame and Jasper made a surprise return just recently.

There is no doubt that the flute and the whistle are at the forefront of the music on offer and why not with the master Mr Finnegan in the band but this doesn’t decry for the other musicians with the wonderful playing of Aidan’s fiddle stepping in when needed and the subtle use of guitar and drums keeping it all together without being over powering. The music flows from the atmospheric relaxing to the most upbeat vibrant tunes, if the Hitchin crowd could move the chairs away and get up and dance I’m sure they would, yes this four piece band could be a festival surprise next summer. Check out their Myspace www.myspace.com/kanmusic for the only place to hear the music at the moment and of course some photo’s at


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