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ONE of Britain’s most acclaimed traditional bands led by a famous face from the nation’s TV screens will perform at Wigan Parish Church

Rock-folk act Home Service, whose lead singer John Tams appeared as Rifleman Daniel Hagman in television series Sharpe and also helped write the music for Hollywood blockbuster War Horse, will become the latest big name from the world of roots music to perform at the town centre place of worship.

The eight-piece band originally formed in the mid-1980s to bring together the worlds of folk and brass music, releasing three albums and headlining festivals before reuniting in early 2011.

The group’s sound blends four-part vocals and the guitars of lead singer John and Graeme Taylor with Steve King’s keyboards, Jon Davie’s bass guitar, Michael Gregory’s drums and a three-piece woodwind and brass section comprised of Paul Archibald on trumpet and flugelhorn, Roger Williams on trombone and Andy Findon on reeds.

Home Service’s appearance is the latest in the series of Acoustic Roots concerts at the parish church and brings the idea full circle, as John Tams came to Wigan with Barry Coope to perform in the very first gig in the series in May 2009.

Promoter David Cartlidge said: “I’m extremely excited about this gig as they are without a doubt one of the best bands I’ve ever seen. I don’t like lists but if I had to I would put them in my top five live acts.

“They are dynamic with utterly memorable songs and they make concerts a communal experience which makes everyone feel involved.

“Their music is about community and their songs are rooted in what is going on in the world, and the musicians have an absolute sense of conviction.

Home Service was formed by John Tams to explore contemporary themes within the tradition of folk songs, with their third album Alright Jack in particular being acclaimed for its social awareness.

The group scooped the 2012 BBC Folk Award for the best live act, and will be joined at the parish church by special guests Ruth Angell and Sid Peacock, who play as a duo and blend British folk music with elements of classical and Indian music.

Home Service will perform in Wigan Parish Church on Friday May 9, with support from Ruth Angell and Sid Peacock. Doors open at 7.15pm with the concert beginning at 8pm.

Tickets are £15 in advance and £17.50 on the night. To book visit The Coven on Hallgate or Symphony Music on Market Street, ring David on 01942 824291, email dtcartlidge@gmail.com

For more information about the Wigan Parish Church concerts, visit www.acoustic-roots.co.uk