Ettrickbridge gig is no joke for Chaplins

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An obsession with Charlie Chaplin has led Jill Jackson to form a new bluegrass band who make their Borders debut next month.

Alongside Jackson, the former Speedway frontwoman, in The Chaplins is Lisa Tring (drums, percussion, vocals, ukulele) and John Allan (double bass).

Formed in July last year, the trio have also paid homage to the iconic English comedian with their 1920s dress sense and alternative bluegrass sound.

A spokesperson for the group said: “The three band members are accomplished musicians in their own right, who together as a unit, create a distinctive sound, with soaring harmonies and foot-stomping music.

“Listening to The Chaplins is an enjoyable experience, but seeing them perform live is an event you’ll never forget.

“There is an edge to their music. They are by no means a trio singing old-time country songs about dogs, heartbreak and front porches. The music is pleasantly deceiving.

“Jackson has produced perfectly crafted, meaningful songs with unforgettable melodies and poignant lyrics. With the help of Lisa and John, these songs are beautifully brought to life.

“The bands debut EP Introducing The Chaplins has a very honest, traditional feel, but would by no means be out of place in today’s contemporary music scene.

“With their influences ranging from Emmylou Harris to Stevie Wonder, Alison Krauss to Ray LaMontagne, these three musicians have created a five-track piece of magic.”

The Chaplins play at Ettrickbridge Village Hall on Saturday, September 21, at 8pm. Tickets (£10) are available from 01750 62226.