Coal Porters are bringing in the bluegrass

The Coal Porters are in Midlem village Hall this month
The Coal Porters are in Midlem village Hall this month
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MIDLEM Village Hall will host Sid Griffin’s band the Coal Porters this month.

Formed by the ex-Long Ryder in the 1990s, the alternative bluegrass outfit – their description – give a 21st century twist to old themes and melodies and.

They have performed at numerous UK and European arts centres, and completed four North American tours as well as festivals such as Glastonbury.

The Coal Porters have four albums – their most recent, Durango, was produced by industry veteran Ed Stasium, once Phil Spector’s main engineer and producer of hits for Belinda Carlisle, the Smithereens, the Ramones and the Jeff Healey Band. Durango was recorded in the town of the same name in Colorado, US, last year and was well received.

The line-up is Griffin, a native of Kentucky, long-term sidekick Neil Robert Herd who is Scottish, Canadian fiddler Carly Frey, banjo player John Breese and bassist Andrew Stafford. They have performed live BBC sessions and on radio in countries including Italy and Norway.

In February, NPR in the US recorded the group for the prestigious Regional Voices series at a benefit concert at the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, Kentucky.

Tickets for their Midlem show, on Friday, May 18, cost £10 and are available from 01835 870761 or 07813 804097.