Here’s some great news from a young UK Bluegrass band called Flats & Sharps. They are about to start their second Australian tour, which includes performances at the Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, the National Folk Festival, Canberra. They will also be performing other dates around NSW.
In addition to their tour, the band will be launching a new CD, The Bluegrass Album, featuring traditional Bluegrass material that they say the each grew up with and still perform to this day.
Flats & Sharps are a high-energy contemporary Bluegrass band, from Penzance in Cornwall, who are renowned for their own highly original songs as well as their blistering renditions of Bluegrass classics. The band includes Kirk Bowman on banjo, Mikey Ponsford on mandolin, Josh Warner on guitar, Danny Hart on fiddle and Liam Fitzharris the double bass.
Flats & Sharps have honed their skills in hundreds of live performances over the past six years, charming and wowing audiences along the way. They’ve progressed from their days of busking in Penzance as 17 year-olds, to performing at the Proms in Hyde Park, London, and at scores of festivals throughout the UK, Ireland and Europe. They made a brief first tour here last April, delighting audiences at the National Folk Festival and Fairbridge Music Festival, WA. They also took in the Petersham Bowling Club in Sydney.
Flats and Sharps performances at Fairbridge Festival were nothing short of sensational. The standard of musicianship, rapport with audience and high entertainment value gathered more and more momentum as they dug into the event. Their final performance to over 1000 people on the final gig was one of the festival’s most significant events in recent years. I wouldn’t hesitate to book this band again in the future – Rod Vervest, Artistic Director Fairbridge Festival.
Flats & Sharps Tour Dates:
Fri 16, Sat 17, Sun 18 March: Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Tue 20 March: Brass Monkey, Cronulla, Sydney, NSW
Wed 21: Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Thur 22: The Stag & Hunter, Newcastle, NSW
Fri 23: Wauchope Arts Hall, Wauchope, NSW
Sat 24: Old Gazette Theatre, Dorrigo, NSW
Sun 25: Upper Lansdowne Hall, Upper Lansdowne NSW
Tue 27: Paddington RSL, Sydney, NSW
Wed 28: North on North Steyne, Manly, NSW
Fri 30, Sat 31 March, Sun 1 April: National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT
Tue 3 April: Nerrigundah Agricultural Bureau, NSW
Wed 4: Southern Valley Folk Club, Nethercote Community Hall, NSW
Thur 5: Yuin Folk Club, Cobargo School of Arts Hall, NSW
Fri 6: House Concert, 171 Hawkin Rd, Tomerong, NSW
Sat 7: Railway Institute Hall, Thirroul, NSW
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