Mair Thomas + Kaszak and Afifi

Mair was brought up in Montgomeryshire in a musical family. She sings both in English and Welsh, and has a special interest in traditional Welsh songs.

Mair started writing songs in 2003, and has featured on Radio 3’s Late Junction, and Radios Hereford, Worcestershire and Shropshire,  where her song ‘Love Imperfect’ was a record of the week. Mair has also featured as a special guest on Radio Shropshire’s Sunday Folk, hosted by Genevieve Tudor.

Her sound has been favourably compared with the likes of Eva Cassidy,  Janis Ian and Carole King and she has a large and loyal fanbase.

A previous winner of the Shropshire Singer Songwriter competition and winner of the 2020 Tredegar Folk Festival’s Songwriters competition (Judges in the competition praised her “deceptively simple lyrics with a subtle, poignant delivery from a natural artist…a timeless song and a natural voice.” ) Mair has performed regularly at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod since 2014.

Mair plays regularly at pubs and clubs around Shropshire and the Welsh Borders as well as playing at festivals and folk-clubs all over the UK. She has recently released her new cd of traditional and self-penned songs with tracks in both English and Welsh.

Martin Kaszak and Faradena  Afifi  are a  duo performing a rich variety of acoustic music and original material  from Folk to Country Blues and more modern songs .  Martin is known for his warm vocals and finger-picking guitar and Fara is a talented singer and musician providing beautiful close harmonies and playing viola and cello with a touch of folk and jazz influences.

As well as headlining at major clubs and playing at festivals, they have supported some very well known and established artists including  John Renbourn ,Wizz Jones, Martin Carthy  and Phil Beer, and have recently released their first album, ‘The Baker’s Son’. More details at

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