Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Bath Americana Festival, 18-22 May 2011

Thanks to Dee Hallett (UK), who writes:

DON’T FORGET... that between 18 and 22 May 2011 the First Bath Americana Festival is taking place at numerous venues throughout the city.

A renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site, the history-rich, vibrant city with stunning architecture, Roman Baths and Pump Room, will host a cast of superb musicians, vocalists, and dancers to provide an eclectic mix of festival entertainment certain to please even the most fickle of folk.

Flying in from her extensive tour of mainland Europe to headline the festival, is the USA’s dynamic bluegrass/Americana artiste, Valerie Smith (photo above), together with her outstanding band, Liberty Pike.

Tennessee-based performers Valerie Smith and her band are undoubtedly the finest exponents of Americana/bluegrass music to hit the United Kingdom, Ireland, and mainland America in recent years. The effervescence and aptitude of Smith and her great band of musicians takes them across the musical genres as they flawlessly encompass Americana, bluegrass, country, blues and swing – effortlessly drawing in audiences of all musical persuasions. Smith’s delicious vocals, combined with her vivacious personality, boundless energy and explosive delivery, ensure that audiences are treated to a unique and memorable performance every time. With her band Liberty Pike - also featuring the superb fiddle-playing, award-winning singer/songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Becky Buller - Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike are definitely top quality, a cut above the rest – and highly recommended!!

Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike will be at the Bath Assembly Rooms, Bennett Street, Bath BA1 2QH on Thursday 19 May at 7.30 p.m. Tickets are £15.00 and available online here.

Other acts booked at various locations throughout the city during the festival include; Olde Boston Tea Party (a 5-piece band featuring Charlie Boston (guitarist/composer) and Ced Thorose (dobro)), and Ian Calford & the Railmen (masters of the early country music sound), together with Bob Fish (autoharp), Leon Hunt & the Scoville Units, the Thunderbridge Bluegrass Boys (string band/single microphone aficionados) with support from TJaye Martin (vocals/guitar) and Bryan Chalker (vocals/harmonica/jawsharp), Brian Colby (old-time fiddle & guitar), Kate Lissauer (fiddle) & Sibylle Riessen (clogging), the Bath Bluegrass Orchestra, Applejacks (a West-of-England-based Appalachian dance team, performing with old-time bluegrass musicians), plus a showing of O brother where art thou?, a comedy film directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. Set in 1937 rural Mississippi during the Great Depression, the film's story is a modern satire loosely based on Homer’s 'Odyssey' and stars George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson, John Goodman, Holly Hunter, and Charles Durning.

For more information about the Bath Americana Festival and the events taking place, please visit the Festival website.