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World is Spinning
From the album 'Ground Beef Patrol'

Hell & Scissors
from the album, Feel


The Hot SeatsWhen you hurtle down the musical helter skelter as these guys do, friction burns become a hazard of the job.

It is fitting, then, that performances have frequently been described as “white hot”.

In 2008, they tore the biggest festival in the world – Edinburgh Fringe – apart, and won a coveted Herald Angel, the equivalent of an Oscar, for their outstanding contribution to the event. The Herald, Scotland’s best-read broadsheet, described them as “sensational”. The hot seats that time around were in the front row for each of the nightly shows at the prestigious Famous Spiegeltent.

Performances have also been described from time to time as “electric” and “high energy”. Let’s just say that you may feel the odd spark shooting through the air when they let rip.

Reviewers have attempted to pin them down as a “bubbling fountain of virtuosic insanity” and “bonkers but brilliant.” Maverick magazine said: “Great musicianship aside, it’s near impossible to explain what makes them so fantabulous as the show is so stuffed full of multi-faceted delicacies.”

It’s an irresistible combination with elements of jug band, Vaudeville, country blues, old-time - and choice covers - all added to the mix.

They were the “fave rave” act at Leicester’s Summer Sundae Festival and stand-out crowd pleasers at Maverick magazine’s first big summer bash in Suffolk. The Virginian livewires have also wowed the crowds at big events such as Celtic Connections, HebCeltFest, Didmarton Bluegrass Festival and Speyfest.

They were widely recognised as one of the outstanding acts at the 2012 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 many more fans.

Their original material 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.

“Old-time music with attitude” – The Washington Post

“Astounding” – David Innes, R2 (Rock ‘n’ Reel)
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