Sunday, 15 May 2011


Here's a reminder by Dee Hallet:

PLEASE DON’T FORGET...... that between 18th – 22nd MAY 2011, the Bath Americana Festival is taking place at numerous venues throughout the city.

The Bath Americana Festival has exclusively obtained one of the USA’s most dynamic Bluegrass/Americana artistes, Valerie Smith – together with her outstanding band, Liberty Pike to headline their festival at the Assembly Rooms, Bennett Road, Bath BA1 2QH on Thursday 19th May at 7.30pm.

Travelling in from her extensive tour of mainland Europe to headline the Bath Americana Festival, the Tennessee based performers Valerie Smith and Liberty Pike 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 ensures that audiences are treated to a unique and memorable performance every time. With her band Liberty Pike - featuring the superb fiddle playing plus, the exceptional vocals of 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!! Please note that the Bath American Festival will be the only U.K appearance for Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike.

Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike will be at the Bath Assembly Rooms, Bennett Street, Bath BA1 2QH on Thursday 19th May at 7.30pm. Tickets are £15.00 – and available from

Bath is a superb, renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site. The vibrant city, rich in history, stunning architecture, Roman Baths and Pump Room – will host a cast of outstanding musicians, vocalists and dancers that between 18th – 22nd May and provide an eclectic mix of festival entertainment, certain to please even the most fickle of folk.

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), 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/harmica/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 full details about events taking place at the Bath Americana Festival, please visit
Hope to see you there...!!!