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November 2, 2019
An Evening Of Smokin’ Bluegrass with 2019 Juno Award Nominees The Slocan Ramblers
“Traditional Roots Album Of The Year” nominee (2019)
“Emerging Artist Award” (2015)
“Traditional Album Of The Year” nominee (2016)
“The Slocan Ramblers present powerful bluegrass with a wild heart!” (Pop Matters)
Saturday 2nd November 2019
The Studio @ The Petersfield School
Doors Open 7.00pm. Show Starts 7.30pm.
Tickets £14 each (£16 on the door if not sold out).
Tickets available securely online at: www.wegottickets.com/event/473652
Alternatively physical tickets can be purchased in store at these fantastic local shops: One Tree Books, 7 Lavant Street, Petersfield, Vinyl Matters, Chapel Street, Petersfield OR Petersfield Town Visitor Centre (Tourist Information) at the County Library in The Square, Petersfield. You can also send a cheque for the required amount of tickets (made payable to Ken Brown), along with an SAE, to our address at 3 The Old Road, Cosham, Portsmouth, PO6 2SP. If in doubt please call the
Box Office on 02392 382888.
“A whirlwind of bluegrass!” (Americana Highways)
We’re so excited to be bringing this exceptional band back to the South Coast again as part of the Petersfield Americana programme. They last played in the area two years ago, and stunned a sold out crowd in Portsmouth’s Square Tower with their energy, musicianship and amazing live show. No wonder there was standing ovation after standing ovation!
The Slocan Ramblers are Canada’s young bluegrass band to watch. Rooted in tradition, fearlessly creative and possessing a bold, dynamic sound, The Slocans have quickly become a leading light of Canada’s roots music scene. With a reputation for energetic live shows, impeccable musicianship and an uncanny ability to convert anyone within earshot into a lifelong fan, The Slocans understand that if you polish up the music, you lose the raw excitement that makes it so vibrant. That’s why they’ve been winning over audiences from RockyGrass to Merelfest and everywhere in between!
“What does modern bluegrass sound like? It sounds like the Slocan Ramblers – who sound a lot like the great bands of yore! Think Bill Monroe & The Bluegrass Boys, Flatt & Scruggs or The Stanley Brothers!” (Songlines)
The Slocans came out of Toronto’s gritty bluegrass scene, playing late-night bars to boisterous crowds in a city once called Hogtown for its industrial pig meat industry. The dusty grit in banjo player Frank Evans’ voice fits perfectly into an older world of bluegrass that still remembers its roots in working class communities. Perhaps that is why they’re more Louvin Brothers than they are Ricky Skaggs. Some of this comes from their long-term interest in and respect for old-time Appalachian traditions. Evans moves back and forth between clawhammer and Scruggs-style banjo, while mandolinist Adrian Gross has the speed and aggression of Big Mon himself in his playing. Thundering bassist Alastair Whitehead has a softer voice than Evans, but with a hint of world-weary wistfulness. Guitarist Darryl Poulsen’s as steady as a rolling train, shovelling coal into the red-hot furnace of racing bluegrass tempos.
“A new generation of bluegrass musicians bringing a unique energy to a decades old genre!” (Maverick Magazine
On their sophomore album Coffee Creek (2015), The Slocan Ramblers blend lightning fast and devilishly intricate instrumentals with sawdust-thick vocals. In the liner notes, producer Chris Coole breaks it down: “What really impressed me while we were working on this album, was that, while they can pull off the precision and virtuosity that is at the backbone of bluegrass, they understand the power of the fragile moment in music.” On Coffee Creek, they’ve done this by staying true to the rough and rowdy roots of the music.
“The Slocan Ramblers put on one of the most vibrant shows of acoustic music I’ve seen in some time! It’s rare for Canadians (especially this young) to play this music with such authority, passion and yet ability for experimentation. Chops galore and a handsome bunch of fellas!” (CBC)
Their third album, Queen City Jubilee, was released in June 2018, and has already amassed numerous glowing reviews. The band blends devilishly intricate instrumentals with evocative vocals, on songs and tunes ranging from fine originals to rowdy old-time numbers. They’re ready to raise the roof at TPS…and you need to be there to see it!!
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