The Lonesome Ace Stringband

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January 14, 2022


Portsmouth Methodist Church

Portsmouth Methodist Church 229 Albert Road, (opposite Craneswater Junior School) Southsea Portsmouth PO4 0LX.

“Life affirming! A Canadian trio of pickers and singers guaranteed to raise the spirits!” (Americana UK)

Show Date: Friday 14th January 2022

Portsmouth Methodist Church
229 Albert Road, (opposite Craneswater Junior School)
PO4 0LX.

Doors Open 7.00pm. Show Starts 7.30pm.

Tickets £14 each, £16 on the door (f not sold out).

Tickets available securely online at: 

Alternatively, physical tickets can be purchased in store at Pie & Vinyl in Castle Road, Southsea, Southsea Gallery in Albert Road, Southsea or Harbour Records in Emsworth. You can also send a cheque for the required amount of tickets (made payable to Ken Brown), along with a SAE, to our address. If in doubt then please phone the box office on 02392 382888.

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“So, everything that makes bluegrass such a euphoric live experience was delivered by these three incredible musicians. The level of musicianship, the spine-tingling harmonies and lead vocals from all three were superb. The hoedowns were smokin’ hot and the tearjerkers were exactly that! The full house lapped up every joyous second, whooping and hollering as proceedings hit fever pitch!” (FolkRadio)

The Lonesome Ace Stringband is an old-time band with bluegrass chops that play some righteous folk and country music. There’s a depth of groove and sense of space not often heard in bluegrass today, a level of instrumental interplay and vocal blend uncommon in old-time, and an on-stage rapport that transcends all of this.

“These are three powerful musicians playing and singing some powerful music!” (Bluegrass Unlimited)

Three Canadians lost in the weird and wonderful traditional country music of the American South, the band members Chris Coole (banjo), John Showman (fiddle) and Max Heineman (bass) are each journeyman musicians and veterans of some of Canada’s top roots music acts (New Country Rehab, The David Francey Band, The Foggy Hogtown Boys, Fiver).

“In a nutshell, they blend the high lonesomeness of bluegrass with the equally high lonesome spirit of eerie old times music, creating an almost unique sub-genre!” (Americana Roots UK)

Instrumentation alone instantly sets LAS’s sound apart: consisting of just fiddle, clawhammer banjo, and upright bass, the band moves freely between having a sound so powerful that it doesn’t seem like it should be coming from a trio, to a sparseness and fragility that draws the listener in and refreshes the ear. All three are compelling lead singers, each with his own character and range. This allows for the vocal texture to shift depending on how the song needs to feel – and what the song has to say. When those voices come together the power of the harmonies is unshakable. It’s clear to anyone who’s heard LAS that they just don’t sound like any other band!

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