Maidstone-based Lowly Strung, an exhilarating five-piece Americana/bluegrass band, have been building a sizeable and passionate following across Kent and beyond for their vibrant and exciting blend of Americana and bluegrass music that has had younger music fans whooping and hollering with enthusiasm.
The band, comprising Toby Starks (lead acoustic guitar, lead vocals), James Starks (mandolin, vocals), Jonny Starks (fiddle, vocals), Malcolm Peet (Dobro) and Jon Fuller (double bass), have recently released their acclaimed NO TOMFOOLERY debut album.
The Lowly Strung’s NO TOMFOOLERY succinctly captures the band’s exciting genre-bending of bluegrass, old-timey and Americana musical styles. They mix in distinctive renditions of the Stray Birds’ No Part Of Nothin’, and the Wood Brothers’ Firewater with stylishly crafted original numbers and arrangements of traditional songs and tunes. Then there’s the reckless excess and bluegrass breakdown of 8 Dogs 8 Banjos contrasted neatly by their reverent rendition of Randy Newman’s timeless Louisiana 1927.
It all adds up to a neat introduction to the Lowly Strung, a new young band with bags of musical experience that isn’t afraid to push beyond bluegrass music’s borders as they boldly take this music to a new young audience that is not confined by musical straitjackets but accept the music for what it is … vibrant, exciting, contagious and brilliantly played and sung.
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JAN JERROLD AWARD
Nominations are now open for the Jan Jerrold Award. This is the BBMA’s premier award for the person who has made the most significant recent contribution to the Bluegrass music scene in the UK. Your nominee doesn’t have to be a member of the BBMA. All nominators must be members. Nominations will close at the end of September and the award will be presented at the BBMA AGM
and 2nd Convention on 15th October. Who do you think has made a difference? Please send me their name and your reasons for nominating them.
And please do it now, whilst you are thinking about it!