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Folk - Rattle on the Stovepipe

Rattle on the Stovepipe are a trio of extremely experienced musicians whose name alone - culled from an old Canadian folk song - is almost enough to make you go and see them. They formed in 2003 to record melodeon and banjo player Dave Arthur’s album ‘Return Journey’ which looked at the transformation of traditional British folk songs as they crossed the Atlantic and sometimes came back again. Arthur has been around since the early sixties, when he performed as a teenager on the Soho folk revival scene, doing old Woodie Guthrie and Leadbelly numbers. Afterwards a scholarly interest in the subject led him to increasingly explore the relationship between English and US folk, which eventually led to the 2003 LP and the formation of this band, much loved by the diva of the scene Shirley Collins, who is extremely likely to be at the gig tonight. Arthur’s voice is famed for its weathered sound and he is an accomplished guitarist as well everything else.

Fiddle player Pete Cooper is also fascinated by the connection between folk music either side of the Atlantic, which he explores in a variation of tones from wild on the fast ones to sweet on the slow ones. Chris Moreton ‘the UK’s premier flatpick guitarist’ is well-known for the humorous anecdotal style of his delivery. ROTSP are more than a talented collection of individuals, though: they have a great live reputation and are sure to get the laziest feet tapping at the Oak tonight. AG

Stringfellows: Rattle on the Stovepipe hit the Oak.
But what's that on the wall behind them?

The Royal Oak
When? 8pm
How Much? Free
(t) 01273 478124