Saturday 14th December 2013
The Square Tower
Tickets: £10 in advance, £12.50 on the door.
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The Curst Sons
We’ve been looking for a real Americana stomper of a show for you to celebrate Christmas in style with, and we’ve certainly found just that with the raucous hillbilly bluegrass sounds of The Curst Sons! And if you don’t believe us, take a look at the You Tube videos at the bottom of the page 🙂
Started in 1998 by three Brighton UK music veterans The Curst Sons play their own original compositions cut with a few distinctive arrangements of vintage songs. The inspiration is the pre-Rock & Roll American world of Blues, Gospel, and Old Time and their sound has been described as Hillbilly Blues, Country Punk, or even Bluegrass Thrash Skiffle. Call it what you like, it’s infectious good-time party music, leavened with the occasional dark ballad or wistful waltz.
Band members have played in many Brighton groups over the years, including the short lived but wonderfully named Cow Division. Dave Simner and Willi Kerr (along with international blues stomper John Crampton) were members of Brighton legends Daddy Yum Yum -who imperiously turned down a record deal with Pete Waterman before slouching back into obscurity.
Willi Kerr (vocals, percussion). Born on Mersea Island on the marshy fringes of Essex, Willi abandoned his farming roots and took to the sinful ways of the city. Diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma (an incurable cancer of the bone marrow) in 1998 he was given 5 days to live. Being a cantankerous old cuss he decided that this was the perfect time to re-launch his musical career, and The Curst Sons were born. Thanks to the healing power of hillbilly music he is now in the rudest of health.
Dave (Specky) Simner (banjo, lead guitar, vocals). Raised in the Black Country on a diet of heavy metal and motorbikes, Dave fled South till he hit the coast. He lost the long hair and leather jacket and soon became entangled in the Brighton music scene. He has played in more bands than he can remember and somehow took up the banjo. He also plays with his own 60’s R&B outfit The Spectones, and leads music sessions for adults with learning disabilities.
Tim Dunkerley (slide guitar, mandolin, vocals). Tim’s interest in music was first awakened by his father’s lurid tales of wild living in a harmonica band on the minesweeper HMS Hound. Loath to leave his nautical upbringing Tim coast-hopped east from his Portsmouth home and eventually washed up on the beach at Brighton. He is a teacher/ facilitator with Unified Rhythm a samba/fusion marching band for young adults, including those with learning difficulties
Nominated for Best Americana Act in the British Country Music Awards 2010
Nominated for Best Alt Country Album in the Independent Music Awards 2011
The Curst Sons have released 5 CDs on their own Curst Mountain label, they also wrote and recorded the soundtrack for a video piece by artist Jack Strange exhibited at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in New York and supplied the soundtrack for the short film Horseboy Gets a Gun by Jane Couldrey. Their music can be heard on the downhill skateboarding film Road Buzz.
People have said….
“They do what great British bands have done over the years, taken the idea from America and made it much much better”. Barry Marshall-Everitt, House of Mercy
“One of the best, if most unlikely, acts to come out of Brighton – hands down – this brilliant trio plays bluegrass, gospel and rockabilly as if their lives and loves depended on it, mixing Americana classics with tuneful originals full of superior lyrics”. Time Out
” …absolutely fantastic”. Mark Lamarr BBC RADIO 2
“Got everybody jumpin’…a great band”. Jonnie Walker BBC Radio 2
Their biggest appeal is that they manage to stay true to American folk music’s rich lineage, while throwing in enough curve balls to piss off the folk puritanicals. Americana UK
Supported by Wood, Wire and Words
Support comes from Portsmouth’s very own family trio Wood, Wire and Words, who are a Bluegrass/Americana/Folk and Old Time inspired, three piece acoustic band, with David Rozzell on guitar/vocals, his wife, Clare Rozzell on double bass/vocals and Clare’s father, Pat Francis on Dobro/mandolin/banjo. Performing a mix of highly regarded original songs and carefully selected covers, with sweet instrumentals and soaring harmonies, their musical jambalaya is always well received.
Described by The Famous Willows Folk Club as a ‘Brilliant three-piece, who brought their usual instrumental excitement and awesome vocal harmonies to the stage, lighting up the room with the power and passion of their performance.’ they have been delighting audiences in the UK and abroad since 2004.
Didmarton Bluegrass Festival: A band that quietly came and blew audiences away with their beautifully crafted original material and harmony singing. Clare and David Rozzell, with the help of seasoned Bluegrass boy, Pat Francis, just deliver, without fuss but with complete confidence. Absolutely fabulous music!