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Happy Landing for Kara as folk outfit plan Kings Langley showcase

Daria Kulesh and Kate Rouse of Kara, who will be performing in Kings Langley

Daria Kulesh and Kate Rouse of Kara, who will be performing in Kings Langley

Keeping an anxious eye on the weekend weather forecast are the members of folk outfit Kara.

That’s because they are planning to add a musical dimension to Kings Langley’s short-term transformation to Kings Landing.

The village’s temporary name change is linked to the latest box set DVD release of cult fantasy drama Game Of Thrones – King’s Landing is a key location in the sweeping series.

Kara, fronted by Kings Langley-based Daria Kulesh, will be dressing up as characters from the series when they play a lively lunchtime set outside wine merchants Dalling & Co in the High Street.

Diehard fans of the series might like to reflect that Kara means ‘black’ in Turkish and ‘crow’ in Japanese and their set list includes ballads about weddings gone horribly wrong which will strike a chord with anyone familiar with the Game Of Thrones storyline.

There’s one cheerful little number about a treacherous demon killing a bridegroom on his wedding day and then seducing the innocent young bride.

The subject matter may be grim but the band’s sound is spirited and rich, with theatrical, quirky delivery.

Award-winning singer songwriter Daria, whose roots are in Russia, is a self-confessed Game Of Thrones fan and loves both the books and the TV adaptation.

She said: “I like the soundtrack, and the books feature a lot of songs, some of which have already been included in the show while others are still crying out for folky arrangements.

“I think that our music has a dark, sexy and dynamic edge to it as well as a unique medieval tint which goes with the spirit of the show quite well.

“In fact, when I wrote a few of my songs, based on old legends or true stories, I set them in a medieval world similar to Westeros where morals and attitudes are somewhat different to our day and age.”

Daria hosts the regular Acoustic Cafe sessions at the Rose & Crown pub in Hemel Hempstead, the latest of which is tomorrow night.

The High Street will also see more acoustic excellence on Saturday night, when the Old Town Hall presents another Acoustic Showcase evening.

The bill includes Terry Emm – dubbed England’s new pastoral-folk prince by those in the know – as well as Cambridge-based feelgood folk pop outfit Fred’s House and alternative folk/rock favourites Nick And The Sun Machine from St Albans.

Tickets are only £5, call 01442 228091 or visit the website at oldtownhall.co.uk

 

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