Thu 15 Feb 2018 | Doors 7.30pm | £13.50 OTD £15.50
The Railsplitters bring their high energy brand of unconventional bluegrass from Boulder, Colorado back to the UK. Although rooted in traditional bluegrass and old time music, The Railsplitters are pushing the boundaries of those genres in every sense. With their lush harmonies, instrumental virtuosity and non-conformist songwriting, this hugely entertaining band draws on a range of influences including folk/roots, Americana, modern pop and rock & roll as well as bluegrass pioneers like Bill Monroe and Earl Scruggs. Featuring banjo, mandolin, fiddle, guitar and upright bass, The Railsplitters have the kind of raw power that will knock your socks off. The line-up features Mississippi-born Lauren Stovall and her luminous vocals in the lead, Dusty Rider's melodically intricate banjo licks, Peter Sharpe's Brazilian and bluesy flair on mandolin, Joe D'Esposito's New England and Italian-inspired fiddling and the ever-so-groovy Jean-Luc Davis on the double bass.
Having got their career off to a flying start by winning the band competition at the popular and influential Rockygrass festival, The Railsplitters have spent much of the last few years on the road honing their craft. With three albums and two extensive UK tours under their belts, the band has received rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic for their songwriting talent, outstanding vocals and exceptional musical range. Though they operate with the instrumentation of a bluegrass band, The Railsplitters are making music totally unlimited by tradition. This is music for the open road, the open dance floor, and open ears – music of the American West, made for all.
“Startlingly original and very exciting to listen to” – Bluegrass Today
“The Railsplitters embody two of my favorite musical elements: high quality musicianship and great original songs. They use both to make them, without a doubt, one of the best bluegrass bands to emerge in the last few years.”
Andy Hall, The Infamous Stringdusters
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