Saturday 29th March 2014
The Square Tower
Hants PO1 2JE
This show is now completely sold out. Please e-mail us here at Square Roots Promotions to be put on our waiting list for any returned tickets.
A good few years ago, back in a previous incarnation, we were fortunate enough to be able to put this fabulous group of musicians on in Petersfield where they sold the place out and put on an absolute stormer of a show! We’ve been trying for a while now to get them down to the Tower, and finally we have succeeded! If you haven’t seen this lot before, then you don’t know what you’re missing – and here’s your chance to remedy that 🙂
THE COAL PORTERS were formed in the 1990s by ex-Long Ryder Sid Griffin. Relocating from Los Angeles to London the band left its electric instrumentation behind and slowly mutated into the acoustic act they are today. In fact, the Coal Porters claim to be the world’s first “alt-bluegrass” act, given as they take old themes and melodies and soup them up for the 21st century and their expanded listening audience.
The band has demonstrated the power of fiddle, mandolin, banjo, acoustic guitar and doghouse bass when matched with three and four-part harmonies and memorable melodies – and taken this sound around the world. They have wowed audiences at numerous UK and European arts centres, done no less than four North American tours and performed to tens of thousands at festivals such as Glastonbury, HebCelt, Stagecoach (USA), Larmer Tree, Didmarton, LaRoche (France), Cork Midsummer Fest (Eire), Wombwell and Hultsfredsfestivalen (Sweden).
The Coal Porters have recorded five albums. Their most recent album, Find The One, was produced by British folk-rock legend John Wood, who engineered and/or produced all the early Fairport Convention classic albums as well as Squeeze, John Cale, Beth Orton and the entire Nick Drake catalogue. Find The One was recorded in London during 2012 and is the Coal Porters’ follow up to Durango, which was wildly received with great reviews in Mojo, Uncut, Word, The Daily Mail, The Sunday Times, Rolling Stone and many other publications.
The current line-up is Griffin (a native of Kentucky), long-term sidekick Neil Robert Herd from Scotland, Canadian fiddle virtuoso Carly Frey, banjo whiz John Breese and bassist Tali “Dr. Funk” Trow. Breese and Trow are English as shepherd’s pie and so the band remains a walking advertisement for a multi-cultural society.
They have performed live BBC sessions for the hippest DJs on the airwaves in Blighty such as Whisperin’ Bob Harris and Marc Riley and indeed are no strangers to radio abroad be it the USA, Italy or Norway. In February 2011 the Coal Porters were recorded by NPR in the USA for their prestigious Regional Voices series at a benefit concert they gave at the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, Kentucky, and they were recently featured nationwide in the States on NPR’s prestigious Weekend Edition show. Which proves they are truly international!
“Great harmony singing and memorable songs that often recall a British Flying Burrito Brothers or a back porch Ronnie Lane” Mojo Magazine
“Not your average fish and chips bluegrass, the Coal Porters have expanded their music with broad strokes and fearless execution.” Chris Hillman
“A sumptuous bluegrass spread impeccably served” (Uncut Magazine)
“Sid Griffin was playing Americana years before the term was invented and that pioneer spirit shines on with his current band, the Coal Porters.” (Billy Bragg)
“Swell picking, sweet vocals, strong tunes…a bucketful of tradition” (Time Out)
“The 5-piece Coal Porters use banjos, mandolins and fiddles to whip up a feel-good storm.” (The Daily Mail)
“Sidlicious licks from this vicious kid, a plucky Kentuckian who blows the socks off of Rocky Top, turns Mason’s Apron into shreds and leaves the audience in a foggy mental breakdown. Sid & his Coal Porters sidmen will leave you besid yourself with joy. Enough sid.” (Rich Hall)
“A fine set of rousing bluegrass……always a joy to see and hear” (Americana UK)
See The Coal Porters Online