An eye for award-winning folk?

Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker
Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker
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Over at Garstang Unplugged they’ve got a bit of a habit of spotting the next big thing on the circuit nine months before anybody else.

Last year the organisers happened to bag the BBC Folk Award winners for best duo - Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin - thanks to a little bit of fortuitous foresight.

And wouldn’t you know it, they’ve been at it again having... nine months ago secured the services of Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker (pictured).

They’re up for the same award at this year’s big BBC Folk event and should turn a few heads when they visit the Kenlis Arms in Barnacre later this month.

The performers have been nominated for their album Nothing Can Bring Back The Hour.

Will the Unplugged crowd be treated to national award winners twice in as many years?

Well, we just won’t know until April 22 when the winners are announced - just 24 hours before Josienne and Ben head to Garstang.

So if you want to catch one of, undoubtedly, the top duos in British folk, make sure you get along.

Garstang Unplugged is at The Kenlis Arms, Barnacre, Garstang PR3 1GD, on Thursday, April 23.

The music starts at 8.30pm.

Tickets are £10 through online, by reservation on (01995)602795, or on the door.

* It’s another big weekend at The Blue Room with a headline set from The Assist.

The Walsall-boys are on a UK wide tour at the moment, stopping off in Blackpool on Saturday.

The West Midlands four-piece have achieved decent success in a relatively short time together.

Their debut single was released in October and broke into the Itunes alternative album chart peaking at #116.

They’ve performed headline gigs at 02 Academy’s in Birmingham and Manchester, as well as support slots with the happy Mondays, Reverend and the Makers and also legendary bass player of The Jam, Bruce Foxton.

They’re no strangers to the town having performed as part of Blackpool Rocks.

Entry is free and the music begins at 9pm.

Support comes from Fylde coast based The Empress and The Dots.