Fri 6th May: DOWN IN THE BASEMENT! Bob Collum & The Welfare Mothers/ The Hardy Band

The Harrison, Kings Cross  WC1H 8JF , ph 020 7278 3966

nearest tube Kings Cross, 7 mins walk. .Door price £7, Doors 7.30 pm

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DOWN IN THE BASEMENT is a monthly Friday night of rockin’ country, blues, alt/indie folk and rock’n’roll in The Harrison basement. Three live bands each night, the basement bar will be open, the stereo will be loud and the chairs will be cleared away so get yer dancin’ shoes on!

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Bob Collum & The Welfare Mothers, in their own words: ‘alt-country, rock & roll and a smidgen of folk with a potent dose of guilt, a dollop of sin and a drop of salvation’. Bob Collum, who in trading the prairies for the less fetching plains of Britain’s surly southeast. has brought to these shores a tasty, tasteful taste of the music that both he and his native Tulsa, Oklahoma, call home. In Tulsa, though, where everything is big as all outdoors – even indoors – nothing is done small, so on top of his power-pop influenced take on country music Bob has loaded, in a style akin to that of a pioneer with more cargo than wagon, about every last influence likely to be tried by a fella with a taste for audio adventure. Over the years he and his band have shared the stage with everyone from Ron Sexsmith and The Handsome Family to Nikki Sudden and Danny & The Champs. It’s fantastic to have him here at Down In The Basement, not to be missed!

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Hailing from the English Midlands town of Leicester, newly formed five-piece folk outfit The Hardy Band blend English folk with the best of Americana- from The Decemberists, Okkervil River, and Iron and Wine and rattling round the background of their songs, to their their deep love of the giants of American fiolk rock, from Dylan to CSN&Y. Check out this witty video to their excellent ‘Get Over You’ single – its like the Everlys on steroids at a country punk hoedown.

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