THE BUFFALO SKINNERS
Robbie Thompson plays the bass like a man kayaking for his life above the gaping maw of drowned oblivion. He lays down steady riffs like oarbeats as the song pulls him towards the fiddle licks which race up the alley like brushfire and dive down steep corners like twisted bodies pulled from exciting wreckage. James Nicholls' bow is arson, he is an arsonist. He charms the salt from his hundred-year-old violin and throws it into the frozen streets so people can dance on the melting ice. Peter Seccombe is a washboard smashing, boot-stomping, shape-shifting coyote who stops traffic with his shouting. He is a wild man with humongous gestures and hearty slaps on the back. Lawrence Menard perches amongst half-full Guinness glasses, the bellows of his accordion hanging low like noise of a bar fight in winter air, and asks of tonight's bachelor party "I ain't gonna marry? I ain't gonna settle down, Lord!" Robin Fisher turns everything into drums. Everything. Their music is a triumph over technology, a reinvention of old rock 'n' roll, blues, and folk standards. Skif-folk-N-Roll, they call it. It is a tornado. They are cacophonous and can be heard from miles. They are street level. They are the dirt-under the nails one finds in digging to the roots of live-music. They are The Buffalo Skinners..
HOLY MOLY & THE CRACKERS
Brought together by an eclectic taste in folk music and the kind of enthusiasm that can only be born in the sloop of time between last orders and closing time.
Holy Moly and the Crackers are influenced by a wide range of styles and artists; the honest grit and gravel of Woody Guthrie, the gypsy bone-cage burlesque of Gogol Bordello, the spectral clarity of Joni Mitchell and Laura Marling. As such they play a lively, homebrew mix of American, British and Balkan contemporary folk music.
The band, infused with charm and raucous energy, will be sure to get your feet stamping, your hands clapping, with fire in your heart and whisky in your belly.
Limited Tickets £4 Online (http://www.wegottickets.com/event/200432)