| Saturday 06 February 2016 @ 09:00pm : - |
The Curst Sons
The Curst Sons have been playing their powerful stripped back take on early American traditional music since 1998. Performing mainly original material with a few distinctive arrangements of traditional songs they have released five CDs - and one 10” vinyl EP on their own Curst Mountain label. The bands sixth CD THE JUMPING FLEA will be released in February 2016. Over the years they have played venues ranging from tiny country pubs to festival main stages, recorded two live sessions on the much missed Mark Lamarr BBC Radio 2 show.They were runners up in the 2013 International Song Writing Competition, nominated for Best Alt Country Album in the 10th Independent Music Awards 2011 and for Best Americana Act in the British Country Music Awards 2010.
Tim Dunkerley (slide guitar, mandolin, vocals). Tim’s interest in music was first awakened by his father’s tales of wild living in a harmonica band on the minesweeper HMS Hound. Loath to leave his nautical background Tim coast hopped east from his Portsmouth home and soon washed up on the beach at Brighton. He is also a teacher/ facilitator with Unified Rhythm, a samba/fusion marching band for young adults, including those with learning difficulties.
Willi Kerr (vocals, percussion). Born on Mersea Island on the marshy fringes of Essex, Willi abandoned his agricultural roots and took to the sinful ways of the city. Diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma (an incurable cancer of the bone marrow) in 1998 he was given 6 days to live. Being a cantankerous old cuss he decided that this was the perfect time to re-launch his musical career, and The Curst Sons were born. Thanks to the healing power of hillbilly music he is now in the rudest of health.
Dave (Specky) Simner (banjo, lead guitar, vocals). Raised in the Black Country on a diet of heavy metal and motorbikes Dave fled south till he hit the coast. He lost the long hair and leather jacket and soon became entangled in the Brighton music scene. He has played in more bands than he can remember and somehow took up the banjo. He also plays with his own 60’s R&B outfit The Spectones, and in his day job leads music sessions for adults with learning disabilities.
"Got everybody jumping, a great band!" ~ Jonnie Walker BBC Radio 2
"I’ll tell you what that was absolutely fantastic. If you look out the window and there’s a slight breeze that’s God nodding, and that’s a pretty good revue. I really thought that was a phenomenal piece of work." ~ Mark Lamarr BBC RADIO 2
"Their unique rugged version of American roots music has a delightfully dirt-road quality to it." ~ ROCK ‘n’ REEL
"Considering that most of the time there are just the three of them on stage, they manage to play the songs with more power & intensity than I have ever seen from a full band." ~ Mike Morrison MAVERICK
"Their biggest appeal is that they manage to stay true to American folk musics rich lineage, while throwing in enough curve balls to piss off the folk puritanicals." ~ AMERICANA UK
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