Bluegrass legends in the Royal Festival HallThe Kentucky Cow Tippers’ unique approach to bluegrass draws on their deep appreciation of the genre.
They’ve absorbed everything from traditional Appalachian harmonies and fiddle tunes through to the psychedlic-cum-country sounds of Old and in the Way and the Seldom Scene, as well as progressive ‘Newgrass’ by the likes of Béla Fleck and Punch Brothers. These elements – plus folk, pop, rock and jazz influences – inform their original material and renditions of bluegrass classics.
Founding songwriters Sam Wear (banjo), Rupert Hughes (guitar) and Evan Davies (mandolin) all hail from the north-east of England. This core trio are augmented by American fiddler Niles Krieger and jazz bassist Sam Quintana to create a driving, energetic quintet. Their performances feature vocal harmonies, wild bluegrass improvisation, witty stage banter – and brown corduroy jackets.
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