Saturday 29th June 2013
The Square Tower
Broad Street, Old Portsmouth, PO1 2JE
Doors Open 7.15pm.
Tickets £8 each pre-booked or £10 on the door
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Hatful of Rain to play at the Gun Room
“Beautiful music” (Roseanne Cash)
Hatful Of Rain are a British acoustic roots band, steeped in the fiddle tunes and old time ballads of the Appalachian mountains. Based around the captivating songs and voice of singer Chloe Overton, this ensemble bring together instrumental virtuosity, soaring harmonies and intense performances. If you like Gillian Welch, Crooked Still and the soundtrack from “Oh Brother Where Art Thou?” from the eastern shores of the Atlantic, then this is for you!
The four piece comprises Phil Jones on double bass, clawhammer banjo and vocals, Chloe Overton on guitar, mandolin and vocals, Fred Gergory on guitar, mandolin and vocals, and James Shenton on violin. Phil has performed everything from free jazz to cow-punk, including a spell in indie pioneers Felt. Chloe is from Kent and has been delighting audiences across the South Coast for a number of years as a solo performer. Fred has many stage miles behind him and has a past which includes spots with Billy Fury and The Psychedelic Furs! James is one of the UK’s foremost classical violinists having played with everyone from the Balanescu Quartet to the Ballet Rambert and London Symphony Orchestra.
Undeniable Appalachian influenced, the Hatfuls are proud of their British folk heritage which shines through their live performance. The slower numbers switch between tales of violent murder and ballads of love and loss. These original songs have a heartfelt, well-worn feel as though you’ve always known them and always will.
The up-tempo sections have verve and brio, with thrilling interplay between mandolin and fiddle. Three part vocal harmonies delight on many a chorus!
“Way Up On The Hill” is the bands first full length CD. (See our review of this awesome album on this website) Eleven tracks in total, ten originals and one traditional tune, the CD has already attracted the attention of many, including BBC Radio DJ’s Bob Harris and Mike Harding.
In fact, Bob has played several tracks from the album on his BBC Radio 2 show and has booked the band for one of his prestigious sessions to be recorded in February of this year and aired a month or so later……so make sure you book your tickets for this one early!!
“Hauntingly beautiful….I love it!” (Bob Harris)
“They are very very good indeed!” (Mike Harding)
“Well worth seeking out” (The Daily Telegraph)
“A fuss has been made about them, and rightly so” (Spiral Earth)
“It’s easy to pin the bluegrass label on this bunch, which in my view does them a disservice, as while their songs encompass the usual round of death, love, heartbreak etc, by adding elements of British folk managing to sound refreshingly different. They were a knockout at the recent Maverick festival. Go buy this album if you want to know what all the fuss is about” (Maverick Magazine)
See Hatful of Rain Online …