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The Coal Porters 2015 Credit Dan Lenartowicz

The Coal Porters 2015 Credit Dan Lenartowicz

Catch The Coal Porters at The Stade

The Coal Porters, one of the UK’s finest alt-bluegrass acts, hit the road this autumn for some memorable shows before they rest up for 2016. This is their last British tour behind their well-received album, ‘Find The One’, the sixth album from ex-Long Ryder Sid Griffin’s stellar new act. The album shows The Coal Porters expanding their palette as they take acoustic folk and bluegrass into previously uncharted waters.

‘Find The One’ features (deep breath here) five new Sid Griffin songs, an astonishing festival campfire cover of David Bowie’s classic Heroes, a guest appearance by ex-Fairport Convention guitar hero, Richard Thompson, three new songs from the pen of guitarist, Neil Robert Herd, a two-part instrumental collaboration from the band’s virtuosos, fiddler Kerenza Peacock and banjo man, Paul Fitzgerald, as well as the first ever appearance of BBC radio legend, Brian Matthew, on an alt-country recording! To say nothing of a sitar and fiddle battle on the Rolling Stones‘ immortal, Paint It Black.

Produced by the legendary John Wood, (the man behind the desk for Fairport Convention in their glory days and who also produced Nick Drake, Squeeze and Beth Orton), ‘Find The One’ was recorded in north London earlier this year. It was mixed by Ed Stasium in Colorado USA, Ed being best known as Phil Spector’s main engineer for over a decade and for his work with The Ramones. Stasium mastered it too and it is the best sounding Coal Porters’ recording ever produced.

The album features a fold-out poster with lyrics on one side and images of the band on the reverse. The disc itself also contains a six minute documentary film of the band by the award-winning team of Toby Cameron and Richard Crandon.

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“A feast of highly crafted ensemble playing with the odd virtuoso turn” UNCUT

“Great harmony singing and memorable songs that often recall a British Flying Burrito Brothers or a back porch Ronnie Lane” MOJO

The Coal Porters: The Stade Open Space, Rock A Nore Road, Hastings Old Town. 26 September at 7.30pm. Admission free.

Sid Griffin and The Coal Porters‘ website here.

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Posted 09:30 Tuesday, Sep 15, 2015 In: Music & Sound

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