Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike
Roots Music Americana, Bluegrass, Country & More
THE OFTEN HERD
Whitefern Mountain String Band
THE OFTEN HERD
The Often Herd reach beyond what is expected of a bluegrass band, marrying the wistful sunshine harmonies of Southern California with the striking industrial allure of their home in the North East of England. An engaging and dynamic live act, the band are able to pull off their intricately arranged material alongside moments of exciting, spontaneous improvisation. Rupert Hughes (guitar) and Evan Davies (mandolin) are responsible for penning the band’s vibrant and catchy original music. American fiddler Niles Krieger and jazz bassist Sam Quintana contribute deft and dynamic instrumental skills that lift the songs to new heights. The Often Herd will be releasing their self-titled debut EP early in 2018 and will be hitting the road soon thereafter. Flock to the herd; you won’t be disappointed.
Sam Sweeney (Bellowhead/Leveret)
“It’s fabulous, really exciting to listen to. Tight, virtuosic and the kind of thing you just know would be even better live!”
Maria Wallace (True North Promotions)
The Rosellys are a band who make no apology for their love of Americana. Musically, they blend English accents with lyrical references to both the UK and US alongside well pitched bass, feisty drum beats and stunning pedal steel and fiddle to create a sound that walks the fine line between Celtic folk and Americana“
The Band formed when Rebecca (guitar/vocals) met Simon (guitar/vocals/fiddle) in 2005. Allan (pedal steel/resonator) joined the band in 2006 – recording on all of their albums to date including Drive Through The Night (2006), One Way St (2008), Two Much Like Trouble (2011) and The Granary Sessions (2015). Matt (bass) joined the band in 2015 creating a powerful alt-country sound.
Chris is a very highly regarded Flatpicking Guitarist. He is less well-known as a banjo picker and even less as a mandolinist. Although flatpicking is his forté, he is equally as good on the other instruments .
Chris has been playing guitar for over 30 years and was five times Guitar Champion at the Edale Bluegrass Festival. In 1996 he won the Guitar Magazine’s Acoustic Guitar Championship against 160 opponents.
Chris has won several awards including winning the Edale Bluegrass Festival Guitar Player contest 5 years running. He was the guitar tutor at “Sore Fingers Week” for the first 8 years of this event.
His set includes, together with his wife Wendy on Bass, songs and tunes on guitar, banjo and mandolin with some spontaneous waffle thrown in.
The Brandywine Cloggers
Formed in 1991, Brandywine Cloggers perform fast & furious dance to Bluegrass or old-time string band tunes with fiddle and 5 string banjo.
The dance originated in the Appalachian Mountains and the troupe’s performances are testament to many different influences form that region of the USA. Those with workday boots danced in them whilst poorer performers danced in bare feet. Today the dance is more stylised and cloggers wear leather shoes tapped at heel and toe.
Check them out at – www.brandywinecloggers.com