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Has too much old-time music become too safe, unadventurous and same-old-thing? Tired of hearing those familiar licks and crusty old songs performed “authentic and true” ad nauseum? Looking for some true grit along with immaculate playing? D’ya wanna re-discover that magical mesmerising groove that first attracted you to the genre?

We’re pleased to say that we have the very band to address those issues and send you home beaming from ear to ear.

Masters of their trade, The Lonesome Ace Stringband will have you climbing aboard again, reminding what it was that got you hooked in the first place.

Appalachian mountain music and fiddle/banjo tunes have never sounded any better.

And, these old-time saviours write new material that slots in perfectly to keep the balance between ancient and modern perfectly paced and finely tuned. Chris Coole (banjo), John Showman (fiddle) and bassman Max Heineman are as joined-at-the-hip as it gets.

The music comes from a tradition that has inspired and brought together generations of people. The themes - love, loss, hard work and hardship, faith, and everyday life - speak to everyone. Their latest album, “When The Sun Comes Up,” their third studio recording, comprises mostly original compositions and focuses on the group’s predilection for the spiritual and redemptive side of the music, where characters come to life in song to confront mortality, impossible choices, and the relentless pressures of change.

Think back to all you loved about bands like The Tillers, Foghorn Stringband, New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters or The Bad Livers, and prepare to soak up some more of those pleasures. You’ll feel the energy of three passionate musicians playing the bejesus out of those instruments and loving every minute. There’s richly burnished character to their brand of American roots music, performed with a refreshing vibrancy that is too often missing - and it’s a pleasure to behold.

“Powerful musicians playing and singing some powerful music" - Bluegrass Unlimited

"Three of the most accomplished old-time musicians on the planet” – WAMU, Washington DC

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