The Grass Snakes - "HONKY-TONK BLUEGRASS"
The Grass Snakes are a bluegrass band that play an exciting mix of bluegrass classics and other material, using traditional bluegrass instrumentation of Fiddle, Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Dobro, Double Bass and 3/4 part harmony vocal, delivered in the high, lonesome way. They performed live together for the first time in January 2013 to a very enthusiastic crowd. However, none of them is a stranger to appearing in the public arena, as they have over 140 years of gigging experience between them. Experience and influences include Rock and Roll, Jazz, Blues, Cajun, Zydeco, Motown, Soul, Traditional Welsh, English, Irish and American folk, Gospel, Choral and Madrigal Singing and, of course, Bluegrass. This diversity of influences adds a refreshing zest to their take on traditional bluegrass as they also take material from these other musical canvasses and create their own bluegrass landscape.
After the departure of their original fiddle player, Matt Gryspeerdt, the band has employed the services of a fantastic young fiddler from Pontardawe called Aneirin Jones, bringing the average age of the band down some considerable amount! It transpires that because of this and the very welcome addition of Mr Martin Froud on Dobro, making it a 6 piece line up, one third of the band are fluent Welsh speakers. However, we have yet to perform any bluegrass numbers in the Welsh language. (Watch this space...) Photos will be updated once we take some of the current line-up!! [as in the above photo, taken at Bristol Bluegrass Day in March 2016 by Ben McManus]
Their debut CD "Taking the Hiss" [14 songs recorded at Oakley Recording in Nailsworth, Gloucestershire] is now available for purchase on the "Merch" page - You can hear some of these tracks on the "Sounds & Gigs" page. A new "Video" page has recently been added with some video performances filmed by blind and partially sighted students [!] at the Royal National College for the Blind in Hereford in November 2013 and a few from the bluegrass festivals and other gigs earlier in the year.
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The band had a some great gigs in 2016 including Didmarton Bluegrass Festival, The Gower Bluegrass Festival and.The Cornish Bluegrass Festival. Aneirin will be leaving the band in August 2017 to further his career at a Scottish Conservatoire, studying traditional music. The rest of the band would all like to wish him the very best for the future and hope for some great gigs before then! See the "Sounds & Gigs" page for details of where you can catch them. See you there!
Here are The Grass Snakes playing their version of Jack Bonus's composition, "The Hobo Song" made famous by "Old & in the Way" back in the mid 70s - go on have a listen!
You can find more music on the "Sounds & Gigs" page.
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