American sounds on board the boat

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A POPULAR trio and a guest fiddle player from San Francisco will be bringing authentic sounds of America to a Rugby music venue.

Old time American country, blues and ‘yeehah’ music will be coming to Rugby’s popular acoustic music venue, The Boat, in Newbold-on-Avon on Monday, courtesy of Three Dollar Tag.

The trio, which features Howard Lincoln on lead vocals, guitar and mandolin, Peter Jackson on Telecaster and cigar box guitar and Dobro Bob Powell on banjo and slide guitar, are special guests for this month’s acoustic event. They will be joined by talented fiddle-player Anna C Sloan, a former native of San Francisco and an expert on lively old flatfoot dance tunes.

Between them, they produce the authentic sound of West Virginia and the Carolinas, which they describe as small-town Appalachian America having a good time. Their repertoire consists of songs and tunes that came down from the mountains, combined with ballads, blues and gospel roof-raisers.

Band member Dobro Bob said: “This is the sound that made Elvis pick up a guitar, say goodbye to Momma and loosen the hell up”.

The venue is already known for its American flavour thanks to its resident band BorderLine Crossing whose blues-rock Anglo-American sound features the soulful vocals of former Las Vegas singer Chele Willow.

Formed by Chele and her English husband, guitarist and songwriter Pete Willow, the band’s expanded six-piece line-up has been getting some first-rate reviews and have been invited to appear at this year’s Warwick Folk Festival in July.

The music at the boat starts at 8.30pm.

Admission is free although the club does run a prize raffle and guest collection during the evening.

For further details call (01788) 832608.