Regular visitors should know that Blabber’n’Smoke rates Richmond, Virginia’s Hot seats very highly. Their album are always great but live they just kill. They’re in the UK next week for a short tour with the majority of the dates in Scotland. Press release and dates below.
“A band that has appeared at just about every major festival in the UK, Virginian livewires The Hot Seats, return to these shores later this month for their sixth tour here.
The hot five-piece will be one of the main attractions at this year’s Summertyne Americana Festival at The Sage in Gateshead, and have a string of other dates, mainly in Scotland this time around, where fans will get a chance to hear blistering new material from a brand new album – their eighth. That gets its official release as soon as they arrive on these shores.
The Hot Seats have gathered praise following performances at big events such as Celtic Connections, Didmarton Bluegrass Festival, Maverick Festival, HebCeltFest and Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where they picked up the biggest accolade possible – a Herald Angel – for their outstanding contribution to the event following a sell-out run at The Famous Spiegeltent.
They were widely recognised as one of the outstanding acts at last year’s Shetland Folk Festival, their fiery brand on blistering Appalachian old-time mixed with left of centre bluegrass and a sprinkling of their own compositions winning them loads of attention.
Frontman Josh Bearman, a multi-instrumentalist, like several of his sidekicks, said they were delighted to be heading back to areas of Scotland they have visited and enjoyed previously.
“It’s great to play on the big festival stages, but we love it too, whenever we get a chance to take our music into the more intimate performance spaces,” he said.
“We are playing at three UK festivals this year, as well as returning to some smaller clubs and halls, so the balance is just how we like it.”
The band started out fine-tuning their skills on the redneck bars and college clubs circuit where they experimented with a suitcase-full of assorted toys to supplement the guitar/mandolin/banjo/fiddle/bass line-up, employing everything from jawharp to washboard, tin can percussion and vintage trap-kit drum set.
Their original music is simultaneously hard to classify and instantly identifiable, combining the virtuosic soloing and tightness of bluegrass, the band-driven rhythm of old time, the jerky bounce of ragtime, and the swagger of good old rock and roll.”
Thurs 17: Music on The Marr Festival, Brampton
Fri 18: The Border Club, Hawick
Sat 19: SummerTyne Festival, Gateshead (afternoon – 3pm) – (evening) Coldingham Village Hall
Sun 20: The Corn Exchange, Biggar
Tues 22: The Steeple Hall, Kilbarchan
Thurs 24: Universal Hall, Findhorn
Fri July 25: Glenbuchat Hall, Aberdeenshire
Sat 26: The Salmon Bothy, Portsoy
Sun 27: Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine
Wed 30: Eastgate Theatre, Peebles
Thurs 31: Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline
Fri Aug 1: The Grapes, Stranraer