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Canadians coming to Craigdarroch; bluegrass Moniaive is on tour date.

Byline: Jackie Grant

Following their well-received debut UK visit last year, Canada's bluegrass band to watch, The Slocan Ramblers, are coming to Moniaive.

The young band has just announced their eagerly anticipated return for a 19-date tour.

And they'll be stopping off at The Craigdarroch Arms in Moniaive on Sunday, November 11.

Rooted in tradition, fearlessly creative and possessing a bold, dynamic sound, with a reputation for energetic live shows and impeccable musicianship, The Slocans have been winning over audiences from RockyGrass to Merlefest and everywhere in between.

Influenced by artists such as The Stanley Brothers, Norman Blake and Steve Earle, the band instil both the old and the modern into their music and on their latest album, Queen City Jubilee, The Slocans' showcase their unique blend of bluegrass, oldtime and folk with deep song-writing, lightning fast instrumentals and sawdust-thick vocals.

Produced by Chris Coole, one of Canada's preeminent folk musicians, the album marks a profound step in the band's growth both as songwriters and interpreters, the Slocans' old time and folk influences shining through on originals like 'Makin' Home', 'Mighty Hard Road' and 'First Train in the Morning'.

The Slocan Ramblers came out of Toronto's gritty bluegrass scene, playing late-night bars to boisterous crowds in a city once called Hogtown for its industrial pig meat industry.

The dusty grit in banjo player Frank Evans' voice fits perfectly into an older world of bluegrass that still remembers its roots in working class communities.

Evans moves back and forth between clawhammer and Scruggs-style banjo, while mandolinist Adrian Gross has the speed and aggression of Big Mon himself in his playing.

Thundering bassist Alastair Whitehead has a softer voice than Evans, but with a hint of world-weary wistfulness.

Guitarist Darryl Poulsen's as steady as a rolling train, shovelling coal into the red-hot furnace of racing bluegrass tempos.

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Publication:Dumfries and Galloway Standard (Dumfriesshire, Scotland)
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Date:Oct 26, 2018
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