Raw folk and blues at the Boat

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NO FRILLS, nothing fancy - just raw folk, blues, country and skiffle music is what you get when Birmingham singer Richard Heath takes the stage.

This month’s featured artist at Rugby’s popular acoustic music venue, the Boat, in Newbold, Richard brings his guitar, mandolin, vocal skills and cheeky personality to the club on Monday, October 17. Joining him is talented double bass player and harmony singer, Buzby Bywater.

A former member of popular midlands band the Gravelly Hillbillies, Richard’s repertoire includes songs by some of the American greats including Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Cash and Woody Guthrie. He and Buzby often perform on the Midlands music circuit as part of the Richard Heath Band and Richard himself is also the front man and singer for acclaimed folk and bluegrass outfit the Clarksville Mountain Band.

Richard and Buzby join resident band BorderLine Crossing for the monthly get together which also includes floor spots from a cross section of artists from the local folk scene.

Pete Willow, Borderline Crossing guitarist, said: “Richard and Buzby are first-class musicians and great entertainers who know how to put a smile on everyone’s faces. This will be their first appearance at the Boat and we’re really looking forward to seeing them.”

BorderLine Crossing plays a lively mixture of American and self-penned acoustic blues and folk. Pete and Chele are joined by bass-player Pete Townsend, lead guitarist Matt Powell and percussionist Rob ‘Mongo Soultrain’ Newton.

The music at the Boat begins at 8.30pm. Admission is free.

For further details call (01788) 832608.

The club runs on the third Monday of each month and guests lined up for November 21 are Coventry folk and comedy quartet Black Parrot Seaside.