Rivertown 2018: The Grahams (plus The Black Feathers)
Ear Trumpet Music and Colston Hall present a night with a stunning husband and wife Americana duo, showing as part of Rivertown: Bristol's Americana Festival
The Grahams, traveling troubadours, always itching for the next ride out of town guitars and whiskey in tow. In 2013 their wanderlust took them down the Mississippi to the Atchafalaya swamp in Louisiana, then in 2015 it was the American rails, and a cross-country odyssey that resulted in not only a new album but an award-winning film. In 2017, with the country reeling from a seemingly unstoppable vortex of disorientation, The Grahams embarked on perhaps their most adventurous journey yet, pointing their Harleys west to explore the “Mother Road” and the concept of “real” America with the eccentric and notorious characters who live and work in the strange and mysterious world that is Route 66. What they discovered was both heartening and heartbreaking, an America torn, but aching to come together, the culmination of decades of manhandling of the so called American Dream.
The Black Feathers
The ability to write songs that are both modern and ancient is a rare thing . But The Black Feathers weave a subtle thread of traditional influences and fresh creations so delicate their creations have led to widespread acclaim with the magic they conjure through their musical projects. Ray Hughes and Sian Chandler make up the Americana Folk duo that have been causing a stir with their debut album breaking the Top 10 in the iTunes Country chart and the Official UK Americana Chart.
In 2017 their tours in the UK, as well as an Irish tour supporting Eddi Reader, have kept Sian and Ray firmly on the road and in 2018, with new material on the horizon, there’s no rest of this hard-working pair.
Rivertown: Bristol’s Americana Festival
Now in its fourth year, Rivertown brings the music of America’s heartland to Bristol. This year’s festival promises a vibrant programme of blues, bluegrass, country and gospel, performed by global icons and rising stars.
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