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The Coal Porters

The Coal Porters are an exciting bluegrass combo with a DYNAMITE LIVE ACT featuring;
Kerenza Peacock – fine fiddle and vocals;
Paul Fitzgerald – banjo and vocals;
Sid Griffin – vocals, mandolin, harmonica and autoharp
Andrew Stafford – bass
Neil Robert Herd – guitar and vocals.
The Coal Porters were formed in the 1990s by ex-Long Ryder Sid Griffin. Relocating from Los Angeles to London the band left its electric instrumentation behind and gradually  mutated into the acoustic act they are today. The Coal Porters claim to be the world’s first “alt-bluegrass” act, given they take old themes and melodies and soup them up for the 21st century and their expanded listening audience.
The band has demonstrated the power of fiddle, mandolin, banjo, acoustic guitar and doghouse bass when matched with three and four-part harmonies and memorable melodies – and taken this sound around the world. They have wowed audiences at numerous UK and European arts centres, done no less than four North American tours and performed to tens of thousands at festivals such as Glastonbury, HebCelt, Stagecoach (USA), Larmer Tree,   
The Coal Porters have recorded six albums. Their most recent album, No. 6, was again produced by British folk-rock legend John Wood, who engineered and/or produced all the early Fairport Convention classic albums as well as Squeeze, John Cale, Beth Orton and the entire Nick Drake catalogue.    
They have performed live BBC sessions for the hippest DJs on the airwaves in Blighty such as Whisperin’ Bob Harris and Marc Riley and indeed are no strangers to radio abroad be it the USA, Italy or Norway.  
Reviews 
 “Sid Griffin and the Coal Porters, a proper band with albums and tours and a fiddle.” – The Guardian, Laura Barton’s Back Page column.
“Sid Griffin was playing Americana years before the term was invented and that pioneer spirit shines on with his current band, the Coal Porters.”  – Billy Bragg
“Great harmony singing and memorable songs that often recall a British Flying Burrito Brothers or a back porch Ronnie Lane” – Mojo Magazine
“Not your average fish and chips bluegrass, the Coal Porters have expanded their music with broad strokes and fearless execution.
– Chris Hillman (Byrds/Flying Burrito Bros/Desert Rose)
“…the Coal Porters whisk together a hugely listenable cocktail of bluegrass, folk and country…” – Uncut Magazine
“Sid Griffin was playing Americana years before the term was invented and that pioneer spirit shines on with his current band, the Coal Porters.” – Billy Bragg
“Swell picking, sweet vocals, strong tunes…a bucketful of tradition” – Time Out
 
 

Sat 14-10-17 @ 20:00

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