Friday 8th December
Bluegrass & Americana double bill, with special guests The Reckless Abandoners
Based in the South East of England, Hot Rock Pilgrims are one of the most entertaining live acts on the UK acoustic scene. This popular band features some top flight musicians, performing a rip-roaring blend of bluegrass, old time, folk and blues. With two powerhouse lead singers with complementary styles and some fantastic vocal harmonies, the instrumental prowess of all five members is truly impressive on guitar, banjo, fiddle, dobro and double bass. Featuring members from the UK, Ireland and Germany, the Hot Rocks have been getting rave reviews for their live performances over the last few years, honing their skills with constant gigging in London and the South, as well as nationally on the festival scene. They made a big splash at Maverick Festival in Suffolk this July and regularly perform at Fire in the Mountain, Wilderness Festival and Didmarton Bluegrass Festival among many more. After a well-received debut EP, their first full-length album was released in September 2017.
Opening up the show will be The Reckless Abandoners, playing an eclectic mix of Americana and bluegrass, with big soulful vocals and great instrumental picking on fiddle, dobro, mandolin, guitar and double bass. Local gal Maria (also the driving force behind True North Music) hand picked some of the finest musicians from across the UK to join her collective, and after a warmly received debut gig at Orwell Bluegrass Festival in Suffolk last spring, the Abandoners have performed at a range of festivals across the country in 2016 and 2017, including Tamworth, Cornish Bluegrass fest, Coastline in North Wales, Gower Bluegrass in South Wales and a handful of Yorkshire gigs including a packed out night in Marsden last November. This will be a Friday night barnstormer at the Mechanics!
Advance tickets £10 at wegottickets.com (note 10% booking fee online). Paper tickets are also available locally at Marsden Library.