Kiwigrass, 3rd to 7th February 2021.
Because of travel restrictions and other Covid related issues Kiwigrass has few overseas acts planned for the next festival. As a result organisers have expanded the musical reach into genres that are traditionally very closely linked to Bluegrass. Old-Time string band music is the prime source from which Bluegrass emerged years ago and is still a favoured addition to most any bluegrass festival. Indeed they go hand in hand.
Kiwigrass is adding two excellent purveyors of the old-time sound to the 2021 festival: Shindig Trio and Cotton Daisy Backstep.
Led by the driving clawhammer banjo and vocals of David Ward (Wheel Of Experience), vital fiddle and mandolin of Dave Khan (Marlon Williams, Reb Fountain), and solid foundation of Bassist Eamon Edmundson Wells (Ruckus), Shindig Trio present stonking takes on old-time folk, blues and country tunes from the American greats.
Cotton Daisy Backstep
Cotton Daisy Backstep have opened a portal deep into the lost roots of Americana. Playing the old ‘hillbilly’ music of the Appalachian Mountains, their high energy homestead music evokes that old 78 bacon-frying sound no book-learning can give you. With Helena Faust on banjo/vocals, Philip Muollo on guitar, and Eddy Abraham on fiddle, they sing the songs of the pioneers, shotgun totin’ moonshiners and tub-thumping dance tunes.
Tickets are now on sale from this link.