This year’s festival show in Breasclete is a fabulous two part concert featuring The Coal Porters and Rua MacMillan
The Coal Porters
The world’s first “alt bluegrass” act, The Coal Porters story begins when native Kentuckian writer/author/broadcaster Sid Griffin moved to London and hooked up with Scottish stand up comedian Neil Robert Herd. The duo started out playing electric, but as a result of a crazy dare, The Coal Porters decided to play acoustic bluegrass versions of their material at a charity concert in London. This drove the crowd wild, demanding multiple encores, and the Coal Porters had found their true calling.
In April 2009 The Coal Porters laid down the tracks to their album Durango, recorded in two weeks in the Colorado mountains at the Kozy Tone Studio of legendary producer Ed Stasium.
Griffin and Herd are joined by banjoist John Breese, ace fiddler Carly Frey and bass player by night, attorney by day Andrew Stafford. Now the Coal Porters are ready to take on the world.
Originally from Nairn, in the Scottish Highlands, this fiddler has quickly made a name for himself in the world of Scottish traditional music. Having graduated with a B.A. (Honours) in Scottish Music from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 2008, he has already toured extensively throughout Europe and the U.S.
In 2009, Rua was awarded the prestigious title of BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year. The following summer he performed at Cambridge Folk Festival.
His debut album ‘Tyro’ was released on the Greentrax label in May 2010. Rua performs in a trio with Tia Files (from Bodega) on guitar and Adam Brown on bodhran.
Breasclete Hall, Lewis
Wednesday, 13th July 2011, 8pm
For tickets visit www.hebceltfest.com