Mitra puts fusion on menu as trio slide in for folk date in Baldock

Michael Messer's Mitra appear at the Baldock & Letchworth Blues, Folk & Roots Club

Michael Messer's Mitra appear at the Baldock & Letchworth Blues, Folk & Roots Club - Credit: Archant

It’s called the Baldock & Letchworth Blues, Folk & Roots Club but the weekly sessions at The Orange Tree have always provided a broad church for quality music.

And there’s something distinctly different on offer when Michael Messer’s Mitra comes to town next Wednesday, June 8.

It’s an intriguing fusion of blues slide guitar, Hindustani classical slide guitar and tabla rhythms.

Combining to create it are Michael Messer on vocals, slide and lap steel guitar, mohan veena – Indian slide guitar – ace Manish Pingle and Gurdain Rayatt on tabla.

Mitra – pronounced ‘meetra’ – is the Hindu god of friendship and alliance which indicates where the musicians hope to go with their accessible fusion of blues and Hindustani classical music.

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With vocals, slide guitars and tabla, they conjure up a fascinating musical journey, running from the banks of the Mississippi, via London, to Mumbai and the Ganges Delta.

The music at the Baldock pub starts at 8.30pm, tickets are £12 (£9 concessions, U16s free) and you can find out more online at

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