Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Carolina Chocolate Drops in Europe, 8-23 Nov. 2010

Thanks to Anne-Marie Winkelman for the news that the Carolina Chocolate Drops (USA), pioneers in the revived black tradition of old-time string-band music, will be playing in concert on 10 November in the RASA, Utrecht, the Netherlands. The band, consisting of Justin Robinson (fiddle, banjo, vocals), Rhiannon Giddens (fiddle, banjo, vocals), and multi-instrumentalist Dom Flemons, can be seen in a video on the RASA website performing Blue Cantrell's 'Hit 'em up style'. The RASA poster and website comments adds:

Old-time Afro-American string band music comes alive in the hands of the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Beautiful blues songs, genuine negro jigs and R 'n' B-covers are played on traditional instruments like banjo, fiddle, harmonica, jug and kazoo. A must hear!

The show at the RASA in Utrecht is the second in a series of twelve shows in Britain, the Netherlands, Belgium, and France which the Carolina Chocolate Drops will be playing in the next few weeks. The first, on Monday 8 November at the London Union Chapel, London, UK, is already sold out. The rest of the tour, as it appears on the Chocolate Drops' website (where more details are available), is as follows:

Wed. 10 Nov. Rasa, Utrecht, NL
Thurs. 11 Nov. AB Club, Brussels, BE
Fri. 12 Nov. De Zwerver, Leffinge, BE
Sat. 13 Nov. Melkweg, Amsterdam, NL
Sun. 14 Nov. Merleyn, Nijmegen, NL
Tues. 16 Nov. Theatre du Rocher, La Garde, FR
Wed. 17 Nov. Le Jam, Montpellier, FR
Thurs. 18 Nov. Le Forum, Berre L'Etaing, FR
Fri. 19 Nov. Le Presqu'ile, Annonay, FR
Sat. 20 Nov. Le 106, Rouen, FR
Tues. 23 Nov. Cabaret Sauvage, Paris, FR