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Young folkies set to make their mark; PREVIEW: Rusty Shackle, various venues.

Acontemporary Welsh folk group is continuing to take the Welsh music scene by storm as they release their latest set of gig dates.

Rusty Shackle are set to play a host of gigs across South Wales, including The Promised Land, Cardiff and The Owain Glyndwer on Saturday, straight after Wales take on the All Blacks.

Formed in early 2010 by former members of One String Loose, finalists in the BBC Young Folk Awards, Rusty Shackle are a five-piece group, from Newport, made up of band members Liam Collins, 25, Baz Barkwick, 18, Owen Emmanuel, 27 and brothers Scott McKeon, 23 and James McKeon, 25.

Combining guitar, fiddle, banjo, bass and percussion, Rusty Shackle launched their debut EP Hounds of Justice at Acapela Studios in Cardiff earlier this year, which draws influences from bluegrass, folk, Celtic and old time blues.

In between gigs the group has been working on new material which is set for release in the new year says Collins. ""We have been focusing on writing new music which we are hoping to showcase at the beginning of 2011," he explained.

"The support we have received from fans has been incredible and we are looking forward to playing a number of upcoming gigs including an exclusive student gig in the Promise Land bar and nightclub in Cardiff later this month."

Having been described by The Independent as "a proper hootenanny hoedown", the band is currently under Seren*e Management, a Welsh-based management company which was launched earlier this year by business entrepreneur James Emery to offer budding musicians and artists a platform to get their music heard. With live showcases already planned across South Wales including BBC Radio Wales and The Acoustic Festival of Great Britain as well as their own explosive gigs set for November and December, Rusty Shackle is set to continue on the road to success. Rusty Shackle will be at The Promised Land, Cardiff, on Thursday, Dewstow Golf Club, Newport, on Friday, the Owain Glyndwer, Cardiff, on Saturday and the New Inn, Langstone, Newport, on December 10
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Nov 23, 2010
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