Apple Sellers Duo’s WACIDOM Concert Saturday 25th May

Apple Sellers Duo’s WACIDOM Concert Saturday 25th May

Apple Sellers Duo are Martin Purdy- Piano, Ian Mayer – Double Bass They will be playing:-


“To The Beggin’ I will go”

“The Cockerham Devil”

“Mother in the Graveyard”

“Bold Riley”

“Richard of Alderley”

And much more …..

Apple Sellers Duo will be performing a mixture of narrative songs, some traditional and some more modern, including re-workings of old northern folk songs such as ‘To The Beggin’ I Will Go’ and ‘The Cockerham Devil’. Along the way we will encounter an American spiritual ‘Mother In The Graveyard’, Merseyside shanty ‘Bold Riley’, a song about the true story of a travelling Cheshire troubadour whose harp ended up in a museum until the woodworm ate it away ‘Richard of Alderley’, and far more besides.


The Apple Sellers are a contemporary folk duo that incorporates elements of modern classical and traditional spiritual music to create immersive musical performances. It is a unique approach that has seen them gain standing ovations at both folk festivals and classical music events. Indeed, their reputation has grown purely off the quality of their live performances.

The duo consists of the popular musician and storyteller Martin Purdy, frontman of the award-winning Greater Manchester folk outfit Harp & a Monkey, and gifted multi-instrumentalist Ian Mayer from Chetham’s School of Music.

The pair, who bonded over a shared passion for the power of great musical storytelling, have created an evocative aesthetic underpinned by piano, double bass and strong harmony vocals. They are as drawn to the darker narrative tones of Johnny Cash as the instrumental meditations of Philip Glass.

As for the name? Well, as the pair first met as volunteers at a community orchard and usually rehearse in a cider press, there could only really be one title for their creative partnership!