Birthday bash at the Boat

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IT’S party time at Rugby’s popular acoustic music venue in Newbold where the Bear Country Band will breing its lively brand of American music to the club. Hailing from Warwickshire and fronted by Canadian singer and guitarist Cindy Archer, the band specialise in the authentic sounds of roots, blues and country music including songs by Hank Williams, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Emmy Lou Harris and Canned Heat.

Now living in Warwick, Cindy is joined by guitarist Chris Harper, double-bass player Dave Chambers and the band’s founder Keith Eardley, on mouth organ and ukulele.

Making their third visit to the Boat in Newbold on Monday since the monthly club was launched, the line-up appears by special invitation to help the lead singer of resident band Borderline Crossing, Chele Willow, celebrate her birthday.

Originally from Las Vegas before moving to England to marry the band’s guitarist and songwriter Pete Willow, Chele has been known to join Cindy for lively impromptu duo performances on stage whenever the two bands find themselves sharing the billing at local venues.

Chele said: “Cindy is a superb singer with a big stage personality and we get on really well. She and I may be from different countries across the pond but we’re like two peas in a pod. We both share the wonderful experience of working with English musicians and she’s the perfect choice to help me celebrate my birthday.”

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 and organisers are hoping to see one or two surprise guests joining in. Admission is free although the club does run a raffle and collection. For further details, call (01788) 832608.