We’ve got the legendary Coal Porters playing a secret warm-up gig The Glad on Wednesday 30th July, you definitely don’t want to miss this one!
“Not your average fish & chips bluegrass, the Coal Porters have expanded their music with broad strokes and fearless execution.”
Chris Hillman (Byrds/Flying Burrito Bros)
“Sid Griffin was playing Americana long before it was called that with his Long Ryders and his pioneering spirit lives on in his work with the Coal Porters.”
Alt-Bluegrass kings The Coal Porters are led by Sid Griffin (founding member of The Long Ryders) and Neil Robert Herd. In 1998 Griffin produced Lindisfarne’s Here Comes The Neighborhood album and upon completion of that album, Lindisfarne so inspired Griffin he purchased a mandolin. With Griffin on Bill Monroe styled mandolin, the Paul Fitzgerald on five string banjo, Neil Robert Herd on flatpickin’ guitar, psych-pop hero Tali Trow on bass and fiddler Kerenza Peacock sawin’ away on the strings the acoustic Coal Porters were born. Over an eight album career they have collaborated with legends such as Richard Thompson, Chris Hillman and Tim O’Brien, and have included in their ranks members of The Kinks, Dr Feelgood, and the High Llamas. Their latest release, Find The One was produced by British folk-rock legend John Wood, the man behind the early classic LPs by Fairport Convention, Nick Drake and later on recording both Squeeze and Beth Orton- they’ve recently performed on NPR’s Weekend Edition in the USA and recorded a live session for Whispering Bob Harris on BBC Radio 2. We’re absolutely thrilled to have them here, make sure you get here early to catch what promises to be a very special evening.