The Downtrodden String Band consists of four musicians who all have long experience of playing acoustic music of all kinds. They first came together to provide music for an Appalachian dance group based in Bakewell in Derbyshire. They have moved from there to playing concerts, barn dances and festivals all around central England. Their line-up consists of mandolin, banjo and guitar resulting in a distinctive, driving style, and most of their songs feature 3- or 4-part harmony. Reviewers are saying things like this:
l The music is tight and together but also fun ... the CD makes for entertaining listening with stand out moments throughout. (Living Tradition)
l From start to finish what we are presented with is an authentic sounding band specialising in old-time music with a high 'feel-good' factor. (Maverick)
l A very enjoyable CD. Good choice of songs, well-sung and well-played. (Old-Time Herald)
They're making their second visit to the Bothy Folk Club, Park Golf Club, Park Road West, Southport, PR9 0JS this Sunday 19 May at 8.00pm. Thwaites real ale. On-line tickets available here.