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The world comes alive to the sound of Joe's music

By Luton On Sunday  |  Posted: July 13, 2008

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A punk rocker has changed his tune to play the accordion on the latest album of one of the world's most successful classical artists.

Dunstable musician Joe Enright, bassist for punk 'n' roll outfit The Von-Trapps, has performed on three tracks on Hayley Westenra's latest release.

Joe, from Furness Avenue, and Hayley recorded their parts together at Mark Knopfler British Grove Studios in London in March.

The album, which was released last month, has already shot to the top spot in Japan.

For Joe, it is a far cry from his typical musical project as member of pub band The Von- Trapps, though he does branch out into a variety of styles.

Hayley, one of the most successful classical artists of the 21st century, is managed by Steve Abbott, from Luton, who has known Joe since their punk rock days decades ago.

After spotting him play at Alfie's Bar in Wellington Street, Luton, Steve asked Joe if he wanted to perform on Hayley's new album, Hayley Sings Japanese Songs.

Joe said: "I was fortunate to meet up with Steve again after all these years. Recording at Mark Knopfler's studio was a real treat for me.

"It's a totally professional outfit there. I met Hayley, and she was very nice, and we recorded together.

"I enjoyed it just as much as the punk stuff. I'm hoping to perform alongside her later on in the year.

"The more tracks I play on, the more chance there is of that happening." Hayley is UNICEF's youngest ever Ambassador and has performed for The Queen, Tony Blair and Prince Charles, among others.

She is currently on a worldwide tour and performed for President George Bush at the White House on July 4, American Independence Day.

Her latest album is not currently on release in the UK, but achieved instant international success following its release elsewhere around the world.

She will perform on Thursday at Dunstable Grove Theatre to a sellout audience.

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