|Saturday 17 March 2018 @ 09:00pm : -
Hot Rock Pilgrims
An Irishman, a German, and three Brits; that together will take you on a high-energy pilgrimage of Appalachian music and its descendants. Born out of the UK's cult bluegrass scene, Hot Rock Pilgrims have quickly become one of the most sought after bluegrass acts since their formation in 2014. Featuring the powerful vocal harmonies of co-lead singers Hubert Murray (guitar) and Dan Edwards (banjo), augmented by the slick musical stylings of Bruno Pichler (dobro) and Kieran Towers (fiddle), locked together by Sam Rose (bass) whose slap solos never cease to raise a cheer.
With fans far beyond their London home, Hot Rock Pilgrims pack dance floors wherever they go, and following a rip-roaring festival season are ready to unleash their debut album on the world. A charming set of reimagined traditional songs & melodies, the energy is infectious, the vibe raucous yet intricate.
Hubert Murray (vocals, guitar) is an extraordinary singer and guitarist from Galway, Ireland. Having cut his teeth on the Irish pub circuit for many years, he moved to London to perform his own beautifully crafted folk and blues songs. He discovered bluegrass music in 2011, since then he's worked tirelessly on his musicianship, taking lessons from the likes of Grant Gordy, Courtney Hartmann, Michael Daves and David Grier. In a short period of time he has become one of the best bluegrass singers and guitar flatpickers in the country. When he's not playing with the Hot Rock Pilgrims, he performs with Irish/Bluegrass fusion band Lands End with his own Hubert Murray Band or as a solo singer/songwriter.
Bruno Pichler (dobro) has studied the resophonic guitar for many years, taking lessons from his musical heroes including Sally Van Meter, Rob Ickes, Michael Witcher, Andy Hall, Billy Cardine, Ivan Rosenberg and many others.Drawn towards music from an early age, he has played drums in a heavy metal band at the age of 10, electric bass in a blues band at the age of 20 and nylon-string guitar in the closet at the age of 30 before he finally found his calling as a dobro player in a bluegrass band. He is now a regular at bluegrass events in England (eg. Didmarton, Cornwall, Orwell, Sore Fingers) and the USA (eg. Rockygrass, ResoSummit). He has recently placed 2nd in the prestigious Rockygrass Dobro Contest in Colorado. When he's not performing with the Hot Rock Pilgrims, he spends most of his time on his day job designing high-end laser scanning microscopes for neuroscience research.
Kieran Towers is the newest member of the Hot Rock Pilgrims. Originally hailing from the Lake District, Kieran is deeply rooted in Appalachian mountain music and is equally well versed in both old-time and bluegrass fiddle styles. He has been very active in the UK scene for many years, playing with acclaimed bands such as the Loose Moose Stringband and the Ben Somers Bluegrass Band. Kieran has performed on stage with world-renowned fiddle luminaries such as Rayna Gellert and Bruce Molsky and he is the most recent winner of the FOATMAD old time fiddle competition. He is a magnificent fiddle player, a powerhouse of talent, and we're delighted to have him on board as one of the the Hot Rock Pilgrims.
Dan Edwards (vocals, banjo, guitar) fell in love with the banjo when he was studying at the University of Texas at Austin. Since moving back to the UK he has established himself on the London and Brighton music scene as a well-renowned musician and a prolific teacher. When he is not on stage with the Hot Rock Pilgrims, he is gigging nationally and internationally with the Ben Somers Bluegrass Band and with Ben Paley's Long Hill Ramblers.
Sam Rose (double bass) was raised in Britain’s Bluegrass capital Helsby under tutelage from Stuart and Russ Williams and has been a regular at Sore Fingers Week since he was only 14 years young. He has recently graduated with first-class honours in Guitar Performance (BMus) from The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance in London. He is in high demand as a session musician and teacher and regularly performs with London electric rock outfit The Yacht Club.