Hatful Of Rain (with support from Darren Eedens)
Saturday 27th June 2014
The Square Tower
Doors Open: 7.00pm (support act on stage 7.30pm)
Tickets £12 each. £14 on the door (if not sold out).
This show is now completely sold out, but please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org to be put on the waiting list for any returned tickets….
Alternatively, physical tickets can be purchased in store at Pie & Vinyl in Castle Road, Southsea or Southsea Gallery in Albert Road, Southsea.
You can also send a cheque for the required amount of tickets (made payable to Ken Brown), along with a SAE, to our address (on the right of this page).
If in doubt then please phone the box office on 02392 382888.
Here at Square Roots towers we’re absolutely delighted to welcome back the frankly awesome Hatful Of Rain, who believe it or not were one of the very first acts that we put on at the Square Tower under our current auspices way back in June 2013! They sold the show out and had the audience spellbound – check out the review of that particular show here and as if that isn’t enough excitement we’re also thrilled to have secured the services of young Canadian banjo genius Darren Eedens as support for the evening.
It’s not very often that we book acts on the strength of an e-mail, but checking out Darren’s back catalogue and You Tube videos and then reading that “When Darren Eedens sings, it’s like stumbling upon an old record at your grandparents’ house, pulling it out, wiping off the years and dropping the needle in the groove; the Harry Smith Anthology comes to mind.” , then it was clear we had to get him down to the Tower for you.
Hatful Of Rain
“A British acoustic roots band steeped in the fiddle tunes and old time ballads of the Appalachian mountains. If you like Gillian Welch, Crooked Still and the soundtrack from “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?” from the eastern shores of the Atlantic – this is for you!”
Hatful Of Rain are a British folk / American roots band, combining powerful songwriting with musical virtuosity and a strong traditional feel. The Hatful’s make full use of the “single microphone” approach which creates an engaging spectacle whilst underlining the warmth and communal style of the music played.
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.
Undeniably 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!
The band released their debut album “Way Up On The Hill” to much critical acclaim from all quarters – none more so than a certain Bob Harris who immediately snapped them up to record one of his prestigious radio sessions and said of them, “Hauntingly beautiful – I love it!”. Even Mike Harding played songs from the album and declared “They’re very very good!”.
Their brand spanking new follow up album “The Morning Key” has also just been released on the wonderful Union Music record label, and again has the critics singing the bands praises far and wide – “The opportunity to catch them live is a must! If Hatful of Rain are the barometer of the UK folk/roots/Americana scene, then the future looks safe and secure!” (3 Chords & The Truth).
What The Critics Say
“Beautiful music” (Roseanne Cash)
“Well worth seeking out” (The Daily Telegraph)
“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 manage 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)
Known in his travels as “The Dirty Little Picker” Darren Eedens is a folkin’/honky tonkin’/bluegrass musician, sometimes he plays banjo, but the rest of the time he does not.
An old soul filled with story telling imagination, Darren Eedens, bends truths, and creates upbeat rhythmic tracks with hauntingly morbid lyrics. With his many influences ranging from the honky tonkin’, folk and bluegrass pickers of the past, he uses his unique and powerful voice to captivate anyone within earshot.
With an unmatched live energy, he shares his views on life and more often death, shedding a beautiful light on the tragic tale. Standing on tables belting out words beyond his years, audiences are silent, only adding the necessary stomp clamps to many of the entirely acoustic pieces. You can catch Darren Eedens playing hard and fast, with his banjo, guitar and mandolin as his weapons of choice, sometimes using his voice as his only instrument.
It is not uncommon to find Darren belting lyrics out at the top of his lungs, picking more notes per bar than most people can wrap their heads around. He breaks any barriers that one would expect to find when attending a show to see a solo act. His energy is unmatched and from the first note picked literally has the entire audience ready to move and party, yet can bring a crowd right down to an absolute silence while he picks a ballad of love lost.
What The Critics Say
“On his own, he leaves audiences spellbound with his dazzling instrumental skills, startling old-school vocals (imagine Buddy Holly sitting on a porch in the Appalachians!) and tall tales” (Blues Magazine UK)
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