Tim Edey and Brendan Power at Ashcroft Arts Centre

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ONE thing I’ve learned from seeing Tim Edey and Brendan Power is, expect the unexpected.

Their intimate concert at the Ashcroft Arts Centre, in Fareham, on Friday was a triumph over unreliable microphones and a blast through English polkas, Irish reels, crazy Balkan time signatures and the blues.

They had no set list but it was clear they were in their element deciding what to play for the delighted audience just second before and even asking for requests.

You could hardly believe the sound from Power’s blistering harmonica playing and Edey’s incredible guitar and accordion was coming from just two musicians.

It was a brilliant, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants performance. Add to the mix Edey’s month-old daughter was there, sleeping in the dressing room and you can imagine what a relaxed affair it was. There was a lot of laughter.

Kiwi Power used a loop machine and a fair bit of beat boxing to perform his hilarious Old Neptune, about the legendary Kent music venue.

And Edey took us to South America with some beautiful guitar pieces.

The set felt truly organic and global.

It’s no wonder they were crowned Best Duo at the 2012 BBC Radio 2 Folk awards. Edey also justly received the Musician of the Year award.

Both musicians are virtuosos in their own right so it was amazing to be able to see them on stage together. Their brilliant album, Wriggle and Writhe is out now.