SAT 12th AUG 17 'Acklington Village Hall nr Amble, NE65 9BN
It will feature The Honeycuttersfrom Ashville NC USA,Mary Jean Lewis & The Lowmenfrom Louisiana/Glasgow swamps, + Sour Mash Trio, Kentucky Cowtippers, Mush, Skylark Song, The legendary - Songwriters Circle with Gem Andrews Tom Blackwell & Tony Bengtsson & 78 lathe revival
We are extremely happy to announce the second “ Jumpin Hot Country Cantina" all dayer - music showcase Sat 12th Aug 2017. We will again be inside & outside @ Acklington Village Hall nr Amble in Northumberland. Were running from 1pm - 11.00pm this year & tix's are priced at £22.50 adv from wegottickets.com. (We will also be getting round to selling some at The Cluny at some point)
Their will be amazing food & coffee/teas from La Fiesta out on the garden, Beers & cider from Hadrian Border brewery (we deffo wont sell out this year ) selected bottles, & loads of space to chill.
We will have Lathe Revival capturing artists live on their 78 rpm field recording unit too (seeing is believing) DJ Stagger Lee spinning some country music.
The Railway Inn opposite the hall (& round the corner) has camping & plenty of Caravette/caravan spaces, but get booked up ASAP. Coal House Farm has camper/tent spaces & Walkmill campsite is just up the road in Guyzance,Warkworth. There is also a limited bus service & a railway station in the village.
Music comes from
The Honeycutters (Their music has been described as Appalachian honky tonk, and being based out of hip and happening Asheville, North Carolina, that’s about as close as it can get to presenting them a handy style tag. Perhaps the band’s most potent force is, singer and song-writer Amanda Anne Platt, who has been rightly compared to some of the great female performers of the post-war years )
Mary Jean Lewis & Her Lowmen (A very classy live performer with a dynamic personality, Louisiana born & bred Mary Jean Lewis - niece of Jerry Lee Lewis brings her retro Rock N Roll -country/western swing outfit up north again after trips to JHot Club & to Summertyne Fest)
Songwriters Circle with Tom Blackwell (Tom’s work is influenced by country, soul, blues, gospel & American folk music. “Wonderful, Heartfelt Music" - Bob Harris, "A talent as big as the sky" R2 magazine) Gem Andrews (Berlin based- Gem crafts beautiful original songs that cut to the quick and speak to the heart. Her work is firmly rooted in alt & trad country with influences from Kitty Wells to K.D Lang) Tony Bengtsson (North East-based Americana/Country Folk artist Tony Bengtsson’s hook-laden songs are ‘remarkable to say the least’ (Maverick Magazine) and his voice has been described as ‘the best for country outside of America)
Kentucky Cowtippers - Bluegrass troupe, The K C Tippers have deservedly earned a reputation as one of the hardest working and most exciting new acts on the UK ’s acoustic/roots music scene. Geordies - Sam (banjo), Rupert (guitar) and Evan (mandolin) plus American fiddler Niles + Double Bass, have a deep appreciation of every aspect of the genre Mush (Alt folk songwriters Nikki & Sarah & their friends start the afternoon off with their lovely sunny & sad music- & it all evolves around Nikki’s amazing voice )
Skylark Song (Alex & Emma McRae) grew out of a mutual love of warm melodies, close harmonies and the odd natural lyrical reference. The Crack Magazine describing them as “Utterly gorgeous” and “the kind of folk music that feels like it’s been constructed from hedgerows and wild flowers”.
Sour Mash Trio If you like hot authentic country / rockabilly / roots music played to perfection with the added bonus of them being all their own songs, then this little trio will make you happy. The music usually does anyway!
Country Cantina review 2016 – Juan & Maurice
“Superb day, so much talent and good humour and a feast for all music fans “ – Juan Fitzgerald
“Days don’t come any better than this , nor the company present on and off stage” - Maurice Hope
A sun drenched Acklington Village Hall in rural Northumberland played host to a bumper set of acts when the Jumpin Hot once again took music outside the city to the country for their summer “Country Cantina”.
A decked out hall of giant Cacti & such like & with stage PA/sound sorted by Martin from Live Theatre we eased into action, early afternoon & Kari McLeod and her Lone Fugitive once again won favour with her beautiful fiddle playing, pristine lead vocals, and more than useful acoustic guitar in support. Kari’s performance gets better every time I see her.
Next up and an early highlight was the “singer-songwriter’s circle” that surpassed all expectations. You had Texas act Noel McKay set the standard (not least was his ability on acoustic guitar). His songs “World Without Humans” and co-write with Guy Clark, “El Coyote” were worthy of a special praise. Two locals really shone out for me (Juan) with the song “Kosovo” by seasoned songster Archie Brown all about his friend giving aid to refugees, then the unaccompanied sung poem by Bridie Jackson that touched on anti war sentiments written by Rudyard Kipling "My Boy Jack". Competition was keen. young Bridie may inside have felt a little nervous but like the lovely bluegrass guitar playing vocalist Vera Van Heeringen it did not show. Respectively they were all really superb & raised their game with a special mention to Nev Clay for his charming banter & silly sonnet “Dad Sells Lighters” to finish the two - hour circle set. It passed oh so quickly!
To the delight of the festival goers local blues slide player Johnny Dickinson dropped by for an un advertised appearance, and it was like the lights had been switched on or was it just the “Tyneside blonde” beer kicking in (well, it sold out soon enough –ed )
The friendly hall and general atmosphere became electrically charged. Johnny had done more than asked of him, tunes “Cuckoo Bird” and “Poor Boy” are set to remain stuck in the mind of many for a good while as great dexterity was shown on his blues slide guitar.
So well things panned out at The Cantina, the sunny weather & not the least the acting barman Martin even had to empty his hipflask, sales were so good! In between watching the acts, people visited the cosy bar, the excellent “La Fiesta” feed station outside and take time out on the green, to pull up a deck chair and meet and greet each other with friends; both old and those new, they had just met. Shipcote and Friends set up a busy tempo after the break as swing, folk and country met at Acklington cross roads, with their familiar tracks such as " Old is Cool" and a new song “Tea Time” dedicated to the staff at the Schooner where they play to popular acclaim, tea-time once a month.
As the evening wore on the festival atmosphere took on an American forties/fifties feel with guests from Austin Texas, Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay singing self penned fare & the songs of vintage country legend Lefty Frizzell with my favourite " The Long Black Veil" being one of them. Their close harmonies and great playing won the crowd over and earned them a standing ovation. They ended their set with a beautifully played & sang Tex Mexican ode & a murder ballad" Roseanne". Their warm stage demeanour was carried off stage to the bar/merchandise area as they accumulated yet more fans.
Losing no time to hit stride, Tim Dalling as is the custom of anyone who has been with the Old or New Rope String Band is to entertain and encourage an audience to laugh till their sides split at the seams. His daughter, harmony vocalist Rhona Dalling joined Tim on a few songs. Now here is a girl set to emulate her old man. “Shy Bairns” like one or two more near brought the house down. A murder ballad with a Monty Python twist set to the tune of the “Teddy Bears Picnic” certainly did.
Mixing with the peasants before he graced with his presence was someone anything but shy, bill topper Martin Stephenson (& The Toe Rags). Quick to point out that Toe Rag member, and long time friend Graham (Shipcote) hadn’t played upright bass in a while and might not be able to keep up with acclaimed 50’s electric lead guitarist Joe Guillen, he had another thing coming. Because Shippy hit the road running (last seen crossing the Scottish Highlands in tartan shorts) to rip it up on slap bass; as the boys started out at a run only to become more frenetic as “Talking To The Child”, “Ball of Fire” and “Sweet Misdeamenour”” had the little old village hall rocking like it’s not done since corn was cut with a binder.
As the music died away the sun set on the colourful flags around the Acklington village Hall, “La Fiesta” food tent’s rainbow lights, flickering in the breeze and the Jumping Hot Club fans wending their way home content and happy after a bumper day of great music and entertainment: We ‘Salute” the Cantina”