For the fourth year running, Colston Hall and St George’s Bristol are bringing the best in country, gospel, blues and bluegrass to venues across Bristol as part of River Town 2018.
Over July and August multiple venues will host a world-class programme which will take the festival from Colston Hall, which will be undergoing its £48.8million transformation, and into a number of venues that include St George’s Bristol, The Wardrobe Theatre and Thekla.
It all kicks off on Tuesday, July 10th when Vancouver duo The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer play what it likely to be a foot-stomping set at The Louisiana.
The unsually-named duo, who took their title from a Kris Kristofferson song, play the blues they were meant to be played, unashamedly gritty and rugged.
Shawn Hall’s harmonica and raw vocals combine with Matthew Rogers’ guitar to produce high-energy music that’s perfect for a summer night. Expect a foot-stomping set at one of Bristol’s more intimate music venues.
River Town 2018 will feature live shows from two true legends. Graham Nash (sold out) will bring an evening of stories and music from an extraordinary career to St George’s Bristol on July 25th, and the same venue will host Rosanne Cash the following night.
Rosanne Cash, oldest daughter of Johnny Cash, had country music in her blood and has built on the heritage of her name with 15 albums. A multiple Grammy Award winner, she explores rock, blues and pop as well as country in her song writing.
River Town 2018 will also feature shows by al-country artist John Moreland, husband and wife duo The Grahams, up-and-coming solo artists Emily Barker, Holly Macve and Jade Bird while Montreal’s Barr Brothers will bring their unique sound to River Town.
Head of Programme at Colston Hall, Todd Wills, said: “We’re really looking forward to presenting River Town across multiple Bristol venues for the festival’s fourth annual instalment, offering audiences the chance to hear some towering greats of the genre, as well as rising stars who we know are bound for big things.
“River Town is all about showing off the varying styles and influences within Americana. It’s been fun creating a programme that matches fantastic artists with Bristol’s most unique venues, as it’s given us the opportunity to ensure the music is experienced in the best environment, meaning that audiences get to appreciate the music at its best.”
Tickets for River Town 2018 are now on sale and available from the Colston Hall Box Office on 0117 2034040 or visit www.colstonhall.org. For Graham Nash, Roseanne Cash, Emily Barker/Holly Macve and Jade Bird, and John Moreland tickets go to www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk or call 0845 4024001.
Todd Wills, Head of Programme at Colston Hall
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