From: Kim Headley [kim_at_broadstairsfolkweek_dot_org_dot_uk]
Sent: 07 November 2007 08:16
Subject: KEITH PEARSON'S COUP DE GRASS in Broadstairs

The evenings are closing in, the temptation to huddle by the fire is enormous, but if you do that on 17th November  you would miss the opportunity to enjoy an evening in the company of

KEITH PEARSONíS COUP DE GRASS, one of the most musically talented and entertaining bands you are likely to see for a long time.  

Their music, which ranges from fast, dazzling banjo, guitar and harmonica solos to ballads of exceptional beauty is just a part of what makes them one of the most popular and sought after acts currently playing the clubs and concert stages.

The live show, presented with good humour, expertise and intelligence, features: - virtuoso instrumental performances, exquisite vocal harmonies, superb original song-writing, and a great deal of eccentric humour; in other words - entertainment for discerning audiences, especially those who like real musicians, playing real musical instruments. Each band-member has an individual style refined by a lifetime of diverse musical influences, which is one of the reasons why COUP DE GRASS are among the few Bluegrass-influenced acts who take their music beyond the insular confines of partisan, purist clubs and out into the wider world of venues for those who just like great music. Time and time again, at concerts and festivals, people come up to the band after a show and say "I didn't realise how much I liked that kind of music until I heard this band."

COUP DE GRASS evolved from a band originally called the Cross Country Flyers, formed by Keith Pearson in the early 80s with Tim Jellis and Phil Milner, after Keith won the Marlboro Country Music Contest. In 1989, World Harmonica Champion, James Darby, joined the line-up, seeking to form a hotshot Country Band, and the resulting mixture of styles gave rise to a new band called The Hitkickers. Over several years this unique band acquired a cult following among the more musically adventurous fans of British Country. Having decided to concentrate on Folk and World Music festivals and concerts, rather than C and W clubs, the band formerly known as The Hitkickers (and occasionally also known as the Bluegrass Gentlemen and the Left Hand Band) is now officially called COUP DE GRASS.

The melodic perfection and rocking-Country feel of their opening number - the classic "Orange Blossom Special" - wins audiences over right from the start with the irresistible way it showcases Keith's banjo-playing and James's harmonica. When you hear some of Keith's songs such as "Lovers Again", which you can imagine being sung by Emmylou Harris, you know you are in the presence of a class act.

Folk Week is often asked to put on musical events throughout the year, and we are really pleased to have the use of Hilderstone, in conjunction with the Sarah Thorne Theatre Club, but we do need your support to ensure that we can provide the occasional musical evening outside the festival.  It would be great to see you there.



Tickets £9 advance 01843 256513 or £11 on door
Saturday 17 Nov 07      7.45pm
Memorial Theatre, Hilderstone, St Peterís Road, Broadstairs

Ticket office open 1000- 1400




Kim Headley

Artistic Director

Broadstairs Folk Week

01843 604080



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