The Way Down Wanderers (Illinois, USA) Plus Special Guests The Mantic Muddlers

April 5, 2020

Apologies for any inconvenience caused, but for obvious reasons this show has now been cancelled. Those of you who bought tickets from We Got Tickets will have automatically received a refund by now.

If you bought physical tickets from a particular shop, you will be able to go back to that shop and get your refund. If you bought tickets at one of our shows then of course please just e-mail us if you’d like a refund.

If you’d like to support us by not claiming a refund then that would be awesome as it looks like we will have lost 3 months worth of shows and any non claimed refund will go towards paying out the monies we have lost in posters, flyers, deposits etc.

Thank you all so much,

Ken & The Team

“Somewhere on the spectrum between Old Crow Medicine Show and Mumford & Sons lies the spirited bluegrass-based artistry of The Way Down Wanderers. It is joyful, daring and occasionally sublime!”

Sunday 5th April 2020

The Square Tower
Broad Street
Old Portsmouth

Doors Open: 7.15pm Show Starts: 7.45pm.

Tickets £15 each, £18 on the door (if not sold out).
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. These won’t be in the shops until a bit nearer the time. 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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“Number 1 of 10 new artists you need to know in 2019!” (Rolling Stone Magazine)

Here at Square Roots Promotions we’ve been massive fans of these boys for a while now, and we are SO excited to be bringing this amazing 5 piece to Portsmouth all the way from the very heartland of the USA – central Illinois to be exact! They should be playing much bigger venues, so this is going to be such an amazing chance to catch them in our beautiful Square Tower.

Check out the videos below and you’ll see exactly why they’re going to be blowing the roof off!!

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Their origins are reflected in their distinctive sound, which draws on elements of bluegrass, but also touches on classic rock influences including the multi-part harmonies of the Beach Boys and The Band’s hybrid soul, as well as the roots qualities of The Avett Brothers and Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit.

“Combining elements of alternative folk, newgrass, rock, pop, and more, The Way Down Wanderers take the time-tested roots formula and dare to add their own unique ingredients and shake it up a bit. As a result, we get a refreshing contemporary take on an esteemed vintage sound, [with] polished, quality songs and an organic sound made up of lush strings, excellent picking, strong bass, tight drumming, and trade-off vocals that transition easily from grounded to soaring!” (No Depression)

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Often referred to by fans as one of the hardest-working, hardest-touring bands on the circuit today, the 5-piece Illinois-based act not only proves that classification with their jam-packed tour schedule but also on stage every night, with youthful exuberance and a lively stage show, and totally infectious.

High energy percussion, mandolin, guitar, bass, banjo and fiddle weave seamlessly together to create an experience for fans that has sold out shows across the UK and the United States, filling the front rows with fans not just singing along to one tune, but singing along to all of them. “Everybody says it. We’d be nothing without our supporters. Yeah, they buy tickets and of course we love that, but when we’ve been on the road for 10 hours and walk onto a stage road weary and we see familiar faces singing along, it’s hard to describe. It’s everything, really. There’s a whole lot of love there.”

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“The best new discovery!” (Philadelphia Folk Festival 2019)

Their acclaimed live shows are truly unique, communal experiences – with acoustic encores taking place out in the audience and drummer Merikoski’s famous spoon solos! Come and see why they’re one of the hottest new Roots acts out of the USA!

“Infectious! There is an energy in this music that brings a smile!” (Americana UK)


The Mantic Muddlers

Local boys The Mantic Muddlers will be bringing their own home-grown “roots, rattle and roll” to us as well. Combining a rich influence of sonic stylings and serving up their stories on a foundation of infectious grooves and raucous melodies, they have a soundscape that pays tribute to the rich history of roots music whilst pushing forward into new territory. Songs that walk a tightrope between fiction and reality are put forth on such instruments as the searing violin, thunderous double bass and resonator guitar, and then enriched with a coating of heartfelt vocal harmonies!

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