Red Tail Ring

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The Club Night

7.30pm  – The Grateful Fred Band
8pm       – Support
8.30pm  – Break/interval
9pm       – Headline Act

Old time roots…new time sounds…

That’s how Red Tail Ring describe themselves.

Here’s how others describe them:

“Laurel Premo and Michael Beauchamp of Red Tail Ring create lush, intricate arrangements of original folk music and traditional ballads with banjo, fiddle, guitar, and close harmonies. “The very best of the 21st century’s minimalist and highly original folk music . . . a peerless duo.” – American Roots

Red Tail Ring will be over here in the UK to perform at the legendary “Celtic Connections” in Glasgow and Grateful Fred has been lucky enough to arrange for them to play for the “Fredheads” here at The Atkinson.

The Michigan-based band is fresh off their fourth full-length studio release, Fall Away Blues. Featuring new songwriting fused with old-time and country blues themes, the album tackles topical subjects such as gun violence and environmentalism as well as age-old questions of place and love. Red Tail Ring “doesn’t just pay homage to vintage folk and roots music: The Kalamazoo duo breathes new life into it, channeling the power and charm of seminal material into its own original songs.

Over seven years of touring, Red Tail Ring has performed their brand of acoustic roots all over the United States, and have travelled to play in Denmark, Germany and Sweden, and has also appeared at some of the most notable festivals and venues that the US has to offer, such as The Ark, Club Passim, Caffe Lena, the Indiana Fiddlers Gathering, Wheatland Music Festival, and Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival.

Five star review: The Scotsman

Compared to the lavish casts performing elsewhere in the Celtic Connections programme line-up, the duo double bill of Orkney’s Saltfishforty and Michigan pairing Red Tail Ring at the Mitchell Theatre (*****) may have appeared somewhat minimal, personnel-wise, but proved a veritable masterclass in the art of less being more.

“Making a memorable festival debut, the latter, Laurel Premo and Michael Beauchamp, cast an instant spell with their uncannily attuned, spine-tingling vocal harmonies, further adorned with feather-light touches of fiddle, banjo and guitar.

“Old-timey starkness alchemised into timeless expressive eloquence, as they affirmed and explored the close Celtic connections with traditional Americana, while one particularly stunning, all-but a cappella ballad, incorporating slow, reverberant fiddle drones as a third voice, also evoked distinctly Nordic origins.”

Red Tail King Website

Supporting Red Tail Ring is Henry Parker & Tennessee Waltz

With a sound rooted in the haze of the English folk revival, Henry Parker takes up a style crafted by players such as Bert Jansch and Nick Drake in the 1960’s and early 70’s. His open tuned acoustic creates a sound that would fit the ‘Folk-Baroque’ label, a term used to describe those musicians who followed the path laid down by the great originator Davy Graham. His songs and tunes arrive either worked from his own hand, or are borrowed and developed from the traditional British folk cannon. Those that have seen him perform on a hollow-body electric guitar, understand the influence and impression that modern jazz has made on his music.

Tennessee Waltz is an acoustic country music duo from the Wirral playing an infectious mix of original, classic and contemporary rockers and thoughtful intimate ballads. With their trademark vocal harmonies Jimmy Rae (vocals and guitar) and Sarah-Lou Fletcher (vocals, mandolin and percussion) have delighted us at Grateful Freds on several occasions in recent months, both as a duo (Tennessee Waltz) and a trio (Jimmy Rae & the Moonshine Girls). Drawing on original material from  Jimmy’s two well received albums to date, Tennessee Waltz are guaranteed to warm your heart and set your toes a-tapping.

Hosts: The Grateful Fred’s

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