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The Hill Billy Troupe

Feb 4th 2017 @ The Shire Hall

Goole, United Kingdom
I Was There
Saturday, February 4th, 2017
7:30 PM
The Shire Hall
Goole, United Kingdom
The Hillbilly Troupe must be the happiest accident in Hull's if not the world's cultural history. Sometimes they're a seven piece, sometimes nine, sometimes more, sometimes less. They've been described as a cross between the Pogues and Lonnie Donegan, while 'mucky skiffle' was one of the more memorable labels that have been attached to them, though they refused to be defined; they are too busy being musical, having fun and bringing that all home to you to be bothered with pigeonholes.
Creating a heady brew of folk mixed with punk and ska and a healthy dose of Americana, they perform often autobiographical songs that spell out their meteoric riches to rags descent and first hand experiences of God, struggle, bandits, impending madness, telling lies, lost love, travel, drug abuse, murder, redemption, exile and the Costa Del Sol, all drowned in a lethal cocktail of whisky, cider and beer. Call the cops!

Beggar's Bridge are a Hull-based band who have been continuing the tradition of fine folk acts to come out of the city, and blowing away a few cobwebs at folk and roots venues across the North of England for a couple of years now.

Many of their songs are based upon the folklore that has developed around the people, places and events of their home county of East Yorkshire, encapsulating its rural, urban and maritime heritage, and they have a sound that straddles both the traditional and the contemporary, leaping from sparse and melancholic into the realms of stirring folk-rock, in the blink of an eye. Their recently-released second album, 'Short Stories, Tall Tales', proved to be a hit in the folk and roots media, with Tim Carroll of Folkwords calling it a memorable piece of folk-rock, Bright Young Folk describing it as an album which shows why folk song and folk tales are so fascinating and R2 magazine saying of the album Everything meshes together perfectly. Very impressive.