Coming up this Saturday, 25th June, I’m delighted to be welcoming The Corn Potato String Band to perform at The Greystones in Sheffield. This old timey trio was recommended to me by a number of people, and band leader Aaron Jonah Lewis (he of the spectacular beard) and I have a number of mutual friends in the fraternity of bluegrass & old time musicians. Along with Lindsay McCaw and Ben Belcher, Lewis is a frequent visitor to these shores as the Corn Potato trio, as they tour and play gigs almost constantly in the USA, Canada, Europe and sometimes in more unusual locations – check out this interesting article about Aaron and the CPSB’s tour of India under the auspices of the US State Department scheme.
The Corn Potato String Band specialise in stomping fiddle tunes and catchy old time songs, many from the dim and distant past, but sounding very fresh with their skilful treatment. All three are fantastic multi-instrumentalists and there is constant shifting and swapping around a single mic as each take on duties on fiddle, banjo and guitar. I caught their set at Tamworth Bluegrass Festival a couple of weeks ago and they thoroughly entertained the audience with a charming and superb set of songs and tunes – I can’t wait to welcome them to Yorkshire this weekend! I’m also delighted to have Murston Bapchild and the Braxton Hicks playing a short opening set to kick off the evening. These local honky tonk heroes have become festival favourites in a very short time and singer/guitarist Bob Delbridge and his colleagues do a great job of interpreting a number of songs by Bob’s musical hero Hank Williams.
All this for just £12 advance – you can buy tickets at the Greystones bar 12-6pm daily, or book online here (note 10% booking fee at WGT):