Sunday, 18 November 2012

Flats & Sharps - rising fast

John Wirtz, organiser of the Sore Fingers Summer Schools and the Didmarton Bluegrass Festival in England, and former chairman of the BBMA, writes:

Flats and Sharps, the young favourites of the British bluegrass scene, performed at the Royal Albert Hall [above] last weekend as part of the Schools Prom promoted by Music for Youth. Radio station Classic FM were involved and posted several video clips on their website. Might be that the band charmed the pants off the presenters…. You can see the clips by following this link, worth a look!

The band have had quite a year, releasing their first CD, Proper job, and playing numerous festivals, the highlight of which was the Didmarton Bluegrass Festival, where they were invited to join legend Peter Rowan on stage! Just prior to their Royal Albert Hall appearance, they had travelled to the centre of France to play the France Bluegrass Musique Association festival in Vichy.

Despite their youth, the band play bluegrass in the traditional style and perform mostly self-penned material. Their ability is something to be seen and the band have that essential vocal element, full three- and four-part harmony singing.

If you are lucky enough to live down in far West Country, you can see them regularly playing at different venues around the county of Cornwall, but it shouldn’t be long before these lads are gracing the stage of folk and acoustic music festivals all around the country.

As they move into 2013, they are planning their next album and are already filling their gig calendar with some prestigious gigs! Follow them in all the usual places - but a good start is their website.