Coal Porters bring a load of attitude

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HAVING swapped musical genres more times than David Bowie has changed his hairstyle, the Coal Porters return to the Eastgate Theatre on Tuesday.

Formed in Los Angeles, the group were originally an electric act centred around former Long Ryder Sid Griffin.

But after the band relocated from Los Angeles to London, the Porters enjoyed indie chart success in the UK and Europe, with their albums Land Of Hope and Crosby and Los London, receiving positive reviews from a series of music magazines.

The band took another genre change to bluegrass after Griffin’s decision to purchase a mandolin after hearing the instrument used when producing a Lindisfarne album.

With several European bluegrass tours under their belt, the Coal Porters released The Chris Hillman Tribute Concerts in 2001, an acoustic exploration of the Byrds, Burritos, Gram Parsons and Bob Dylan.

The group opened for Chris Hillman and Herb Peterson which preceded the release of their first two acoustic studio albums.

A spokesman for the Coal Porters said: “Firmly established on the UK and European touring circuits and possessors of their own sound, the Coal Porters are an acoustic act with attitude. Their live show is polished yet passionate and second to none.”

Tickets are priced at £14 (£12 concessions) and the show starts at 7.30pm – phone 01721 725777 for details.