Christmas double-header: Hillbilly Troupe and Beggar's Bridge
Saturday, December 23rd, 2017
Hull, United Kingdom
It’s a bit like Aliens versus Predator, or Hull FC versus Hull KR, or salt n vinegar versus cheese n onion; Beggar’s Bridge and the Hillbilly Troupe represent different strands of the city’s folk thread. One group has an exemplary reputation for impeccable conduct at gigs and festivals; the other is banned from nearly everywhere on account of their raucous and drunken behaviour. One of them features a portly and urbane front man, full of stories, amusing anecdotes and charming banter, while the other features a similarly portly man, prone to noxious emissions, sweary outbursts and blasphemous proclamations. One writes and performs songs which shed light on local folklore from a new angle, in a controlled and sympathetic manner; the other batters hell out of their instruments and punks things up in an attempt to start a party, or a riot, or simply alert the cops.