Beer & Bluegrass
Beer & Bluegrass
Victoria Education Centre, Poole
Friday 27 & Saturday 28 July 2018
Beer and Bluegrass Festival is now in its fourth successful year and attracting top quality Bluegrass.
and Americana acts from across the world. Situated between the towns of Poole and Bournemouth it’s only minutes away from the finest beaches in the UK with very easy transport links.
Headlining on Friday night are Whisky Shivers who are first time visitors to the UK. They are from the home of alternative American music, Austin, Texas. They are a hard driving high-energy new style Bluegrass five piece. Fans of Hayseed Dixie will notice a distinct similarity but these five guys write all their own songs and are sure to win over a lot of new British fans. Also on Friday’s bill are the hottest British bluegrass band this year, the all female Midnight Skyracer. With a mixture of originals and standards, these girls are whipping up a storm with their superb harmonies and tight bluegrass playing. The Propane Brothers and Cup O’Joe are also on Friday night’s packed line-up.
Heading up Saturday are the Hot Seats from Richmond Virginia who are one of the best string bands anywhere. They play ragtime/bluegrass and music from a pre-war era but they great fun with their superb playing and vocals. Naomi Bedford has had glowing reviews from Mojo and Maverick with her recent Songs My Ruiner Gave To Me and at Beer and Bluegrass she is making a rare appearance with her band. Making his first UK visit is Wesley Randolph Eader from Portland Oregon, his music is steeped in the 1970’s tradition of singer songwriters like Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark and like Zandt and Clark his music crosses many frontiers.
Also appearing are the well known Cardboard Fox, and the superb Carravick Sisters, Mr CD Wallum (a jug band trio from Leeds) a young bluegrass band from London, Lunch Special and Young Folk Awards singers Griffin and Collier.
Many of these artistes will join together on stage, singing and playing ‘Bluegrass Style’ around a single microphone to close each evening. The results are breath taking and totally unique, adding a very special atmosphere to the Festival.
The Festival is set in the secluded grounds of Victoria School with the main stage set within a natural amphitheatre, surrounded by woodland and with the stunning ‘Claremont’ a Victorian convent in the background.
If the packed musical line up were not enough there is a Real Ale and Cider Festival, with handpicked selection of the very best of Real Ales and Ciders from the top craft brewers across the British Isles.
Including local brewers Brew Shack, Hattie Browns, 8 Arch and Yeovil but also the more esoteric
Farmageddon from Northern Ireland, Gadds, Dark Revolution, Wild Beer and many other fine smaller craft brewers who rarely get a look in at Beer Festivals. Ciders are our other passion where
we mix the traditional with the (frankly!) weird and very wonderful. It’s like hats there is bound to be one that fits you!
If you are feeling hungry on Friday there are homemade Burgers and Sausages from local Butcher, Keatings and on Saturday sees the return of the Double Hog Roast from our Somerset Farmers and on both days there is home cooked Vegetarian Chilli. So no need to bring the Hamper!
Over 18s only