Thursday, 4 October 2012

Hatful Of Rain (music)

The currently appropriately named Hatful of Rain are one of the bands playing for Middle Farm's Apple Festival later on this month. This is the same band who saved the day when Dana & Susan Robinson were unable to play their Lamb Folk Club gig earlier this year.

Based in Sussex, Hatful of Rain play Appalachian and Bluegrass influenced folk and roots music and signed to the Union Music Store record label in January this year. Their album, Way Up On The Hill, followed in May. Chloe Overton is a classically trained vocalist who also plays mandolin. Fred Gregory is a guitar, bass and mandolin player who has worked with varied artists in his career including Billy Fury, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Culture Club and Charlie Drake. James Shenton was also originally classically trained and is a pianist and violinist. Since he turned to folk music, he has learned to play tin whistle, bodhrun and mandolin (do they all play mandolin?) and was previously in The Crawfish Scrapers with Phil Jones. Bass player Phil has his roots in Rock 'n Roll but has also experimented with jazz-funk and cowpunk.

The Apple Festival is an annual event at Middle Farm. This year there will be two stages of live bands, morris dancing, a puppet show, apple pressing demonstrations, hot and cold food, a cider bar and stalls selling local produce - including lots of apples.

Apple Festival at Middle Farm, Sat 20th & Sun 21st Oct, 10:00-17:00.
Tickets available online. £10 per day in advance / £12 per day on the door. 
Free admission for children under 12.

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