All the way from Alabama USA, the folk group The Pine Hill Haints will visit Barnsley this September 11th, for a special concert at the Barnsley Rock & Blues Venue.
The Pine Hill Haints play what they describe as ‘Alabama Ghost Music’. It incorporates lashings of gospel, rockabilly, blues, rock and roll, celtic folk music and bluegrass, and is played on fiddle, harmonica, tenor banjo, mandolin, saw, accordion and washtub bass – so is an absolute must and a rare treat for local fans of folk music.
They will be joined by the Barnsley born, Leeds based Serious Sam Barrett; a finger-picking guitarist, well known for his mix of transatlantic folk, rock n roll and 50s pop. His music has received acclai from the music press on both sides of the pond. And indeed, it is Sam that has brought the ‘Haints over to the UK. With the Pine Hill Haints, he has already been on a number of international tours and has collaborated on a handful of records.
Sam Barrett says, “I used to go to Barnsley folk festival as a child, all through the 80s and I vividly remember seeing Dave Burland and Tony Capstick and loving their music, so Barnsley has a had big influence on my music. Plus I was born there, so I have a big spiritual attachment to the place.
“I grew up around a lot of folk music and Rock n Roll. My Dad and Uncle played guitar and I learned from watching them. I also loved Blues music as a kid and got into country a lot later on.”
On the Pine Hill Haints, he says, “I first met them when I was booked to support them in Bradford. We hit it off right away. We all had an interest in the gritty end of folk and country music as well as skateboarding and punk, so we felt like Transatlantic kindred spirits.
“The best experience I have of playing with the Haints was a venue in Lake Arthur, Louisiana. It’s a little tin shack surrounded by swamps and alligators. You can hardly believe it’s real. Last time I played there, we ended up de-shelling and eating crawfish right at the bar.”
When asked what you can expect from their appearance in Barnsley, Sam is jubilant, “The way we play is very spontaneous. No set-lists, we just jump in there and play what feels right at the time. We are all really into the way The Pogues and The Dubliners play and interpret folk music. It’s rough and ready roots music and some nights it gets very rowdy. I’m sure Barnsley will be no exception. I can’t wait.”
Extra support on the evening comes from Barnsley folk group Parson’s Lot, who are guaranteed to get your clogs stomping every single time and the acoustic trio The Rolling Down Hills, who fuse acoustic grunge with americana roots music.
You can find more information about the event at www.facebook.com/events/509498049188842/
THE PINE HILL HAINTS + SERIOUS SAM BARRETT + PARSON’S LOT + THE ROLLING DOWN HILLS
@ BARNSLEY ROCK & BLUES VENUE
FRI 11 SEPTEMBER, 8:00PM / £4 ON THE DOOR