Kate Lissauer & Sibs Riesen
Originally from Maryland in the USA, Kate learned from her banjo-playing father and became a champion fiddler and banjo player accomplished in both clawhammer and three-finger style.
She performs tunes and songs from American roots and the early days of country music, sings ballads and blues, often accompanying her voice with harmonies and rhythms on her fiddle. Her witty, self-deprecating and intimate presentation style brings laughter to her rich, beautiful, sometimes tongue-in-cheek performances.
Kate and Sibs last performed at Sweet Sunny South ten years ago at its Hastings location with Kate's band Buffalo Gals and we are delighted to welcome them back!
Sibs learnt Appalachian step dancing from some of the USA's finest exponents of traditional dance. She is a long-time member of the Buffalo Gals team and also expert in various dance styles including English clog, French Canadian and Cape Breton.
Kieran Towers & Charlotte Carrivick
Kieran and Charlotte, award-winning multi-instrumentalists, combine their knowledge of Appalachian music to create a new take on the tradition of old-time fiddle and banjo duets.
Inspired by traditional players and by modern day masters, their music has both groove and intricacy whether it’s a breakneck fiddle tune, lyrical banjo playing, or a bluegrass-inspired piece when Charlotte picks up a mandolin or guitar. The two also sing in beautiful harmony.
Pig Society is an oldtime/bluegrass music collective from France (mostly), “with variable geometry but constant talent.” Despite their Frenchness, they are passionate about traditional American music and they like to share it with new audiences.
Valentin plays guitar, mandolin and bass and sings waltzes. Léopoldine is just as versatile, mostly playing banjo and singing, and sometimes fiddle or guitar. Stéphanie plays bass and sings, and secretly gets her ukulele when the others are not watching. Sylvain turned into a fiddler after playing a lot of mandolin for a few years.
The Rigmarollers share a love of vintage American music in all its guises, having between them played in various blues, old-time, bluegrass and Western swing bands over many years.
With Ed Hopwood on vocals, harmonica, washboard/percussion & guitar, Julian Marshall on guitar, mandolin & fiddle, and Ewan Penkey on sousaphone, they distil these influences into a rich brew of jugband, ragtime, blues and old-time music, aiming to get everyone singing and dancing along. Their repertoire includes familiar classics, obscure curiosities, and their own originals.
For our Friday night Cajun dance the Flatville Aces play traditional Cajun music from south-west Louisiana.
Jock Tyldesley on fiddle has accompanied such US greats as Balfa Toujours, Sheryl Cormier, and Eddie Lejeune. Gavin Lewery on accordion is admired as one of the finest exponents of the music outside Louisiana. Vera van Heeringen provides rhythm guitar honed to perfection playing extensively with legendary Louisiana musicians, and also doubles on fiddle.
Jock and Vera also play an old-time set on Saturday night.