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Flats and Sharps – a New Mills Festival gig
May 25, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Never flat and always very sharp!
Flats And Sharps bring their unique blend of bluegrass, pop country and folk to New Mills on Friday 25th May 2018 at St. George’s Church in support of the New Mills Festival.
Hailing from Cornwall, in the South West of England, Flats and Sharps are gaining recognition for performing their own highly original songs as well as renditions of bluegrass classics. These five incredible young musicians honed their skills in 350 live performances over nearly five years, charming and wowing audiences along the way.
Their five track ‘Always There’ EP, released in June 2015, drew critical acclaim with R2 (Rock ‘n’ Reel) Magazine saying they were “destined for great things”. ‘Boat’ and ‘It’s OK My Love’ both picked up specialist and daytime UK radio play with the videos for these songs gaining traction on YouTube.
The lads recorded a new album in summer 2015, and it was released in early 2016. Titled ‘King of My Mind’, it breaks new ground instrumentally with added drums and even a Hammond B3 organ and guest performances from BJ Cole on Pedal Steel and a duet featuring emerging singer-songwriter emae. The album includes 12 original songs written by Kirk Bowman (Banjo) and Mikey Ponsford (Mandolin). The album also features Josh Warner (Guitar), Liam Fitzharris (Double Bass) and 2015 addition Danny Hart on Fiddle. ‘King of My Mind’ was recorded in a week at Deep Litter studios, South Devon and was produced by David McEwan who has won awards for his production work on Plan B’s “The Defamation of Strickland Banks” and has a long relationship working with Nitin Sawhney.
Flats and Sharps have come a long way from their humble beginning busking in Penzance as 17 year-olds to performing on the Town Square stage at the Country 2 Country Festival at the O2 in London in March 2015 and at Proms in Hyde Park, London in September 2015, which was recorded for later broadcast on the Bob Harris Country show on BBC Radio 2. Along the way, they have played for the Governor of Kentucky, who jumped on stage to play with them, won fans at scores of festivals including Isle of Wight, Maverick and many Bluegrass and Folk Festivals, and performed for events for Ralph Lauren and Jack Wills shops in London. They were the headline act at the Ireland’s Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival in June 2015.
Tickets are available at from New Mills Festival’s website, from Priscilla’s Cards (60-62 Market St, New Mills, SK22 4AA) or by phone 07753842861.
Prices are £13 early bird, £8 concessions, and £15 full price. Doors will open at 7:30p.m. St. George’s Church is on Church Lane in New Mills.