One of South Lakeland's most intimate venues is set to play host to a new musical alliance of award-winning artists.

David Ford and Annie Dressner have decided to showcase their brand-new collaboration at the Staveley Roundhouse on Sunday, July 17 as part of their Summer Holiday Tour.

The pair have chosen the Staveley Roundhouse because they were specifically looking for a characterful, intimate space, equipped to match the atmosphere of their songs.

Annie Dressner was born and raised in New York City where she recorded the first of three acclaimed albums, and her confessional writing style and vocal delivery have won her supporters at BBC Radio 2 and 6Music and secured numerous major festival appearances.

She released her third studio album, 'Coffee At The Corner Bar' during lockdown in 2020, of which four singles were played on 6 Music, with Shire Folk magazine commenting: 

"Prepare to be moved, uplifted, and swept away.

"Coffee at the Corner Bar is extraordinary. 

"Its emotional breadth makes it one of the best albums of the year so far, without a doubt - Exceptional."

Performing in the Lake District will be a first for Annie, who said: "I went to Windermere once on a 'baby moon' before my son was born back in 2014, and it was lovely.

"It made me want to live by the water."

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David Ford is from Eastbourne and has been hailed by The Guardian as one of Britain’s finest live performers with his 2022 solo album May You Live in Interesting Times being named album of the week in both The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Times.

The pair only met in January 2022 while playing on the same bill at gigs in northern England. They initially collaborated for a song or two on each other's set, and two weeks later, they had written and recorded their debut release, naming it 48 Hours in honour of the two-day burst of creativity during which most of the material was written.

Tickets for the event at the Roundhouse are £14 for guests, and £12 for members, and all tickets include a free drink.