Southern Fried Festival 2018
Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys: 10.45pm
Red Pine Timber Co.: 12.15am
The Songwriter Sessions:
Eli West: 10.45pm
Worry Dolls: 12am
The beating heart of the festival lets you wander between uptempo bands downstairs and the acoustic intimacy of the songwriter sessions upstairs.
Hailing from Prince Edward Island on Canada's east coast, the mult-award-winning Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys serve up old-time roots music with an energy level that practically yanks you out of your seat by the collar. If ever someone was deserving of his nickname "Crazy Legs", it is Gordie MacKeeman. His thrilling dance style, while simultaneously playing the fiddle, mixes with great close-harmony bluegrass vocals, Peter Cann's blistering guitar solos, and the lively multi-instrumental talents of Thomas Webb and Jason Burbine. Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys are an international sensation causing standing ovations wherever they go.
Red Pine Timber Co's winning blend of Americana, country, soul, blues and southern rock has rightly earned them a formidable reputation as a truly great live act. The great reception given their new album Sorry For The Good Times on its release earlier this year confirms their arrival as a great studio outfit too.
Even more than the sum of its many talented parts, Red Pine boast a magnetic front pairing of songwriter Gav Munro and the fabulous voice of Katie Whittaker. The band's trump card is their imaginative brass arrangements, which create an utterly unique sound, adding great depth and soul to an already combustible mixture.
Eli West is a Seattle-based acoustic musician. His recent debut solo album, The Both, has him taking the lead on electric and acoustic guitars, banjo, and pedal steel, whilst remaining a thoughtful collaborator - here with some of his close friends and personal heroes, like jazz great Bill Frisell, new Americana discovery Dori Freeman, and Anna & Elizabeth.
Worry Dolls are one of the UK's most talked-about Americana acts. They met in Liverpool, moved to London to pursue their career as a duo and recorded their acclaimed debut album, Go Get Gone, in Nashville.
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