|Sunday 28 October 2018 @ 02:00pm : -
The Horsenecks play hard-hitting and heartfelt Old Time and classic Bluegrass music. Their sound is centered around the pairing of the signature rhythmic Appalachian fiddle style of Oregonian Gabrielle Macrae, (the Macrae Sisters, Hook & Anchor) and the driving yet subtle three-finger banjo playing of Liverpudlian Barry Southern (Tramp Attack, The Loose Moose Stringband.) Gabrielle's playing style is the result of being raised in the Old Time music hotbed of Portland, OR and being exposed to the fiddle traditions of the Southeast through years of traveling to festivals and learning from some of the greatest players in the genre. Barry's banjo playing ranges from thrilling and high-octane to moody and captivating. Harmony singing and thoughtful songwriting bring this Old Time band to the stage with an exciting and varied set of upbeat foot-stompers, new takes on old standards, innovative fiddle-banjo compositions and heartfelt country and gospel songs.
When performing in the USA Southern and Macrae are often backed up by the infamous Brian Bagdonas on bass and Kevin Sandri on guitar, who together set the standard for Old Time rhythm sections with their contributions to the original lineup of Foghorn Stringband. When performing in the UK, they are joined by Chris Marshal and Alan Wright on bass and guitar, both seasoned and respected members of Liverpool's growing roots music scene. As a four-piece The Horsenecks continue to set a new standard in today's traditional music scene with appearances at major festivals in the USA and the UK, including the Cornwall Bluegrass Festival, Doolin Folk Festival, The Portland Old Time Gathering, and the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old Time Festival. They received critical acclaim in 2015 for their self-titled debut album. Their second album, Fiddlehead was released in July, 2018.
Gabrielle Macrae; Fiddle, banjo, guitar
“The Horsenecks, with their self-titled debut album have shown the West Coast Traditional Music scene that they are a force to be reckoned with. All of the contributors on the album are standout musicians in their own right, and Macrae and Southern are no exception. When I saw their performance at the 2015 Portland Old Time Gathering I was blown away by their versatility, subtlety, and drive. You should expect to be nothing less that blown away by this outstanding album.” ~ Daniel Gerrard, Trad Nation
“I went down to the Muddy Rudder Pub here in Portland, Oregon, last night and listened to The Horsenecks. Gabrielle Macrae is one of the three Macrae Sisters and she was playing with Barry Southern and Alan Wright from Liverpool’s Loose Moose String Band. Was it ever a good show! They played a lot of old time, a little early country, and a few bluegrass and British songs for good measure. Gabrielle played fiddle most of the night with a little banjo thrown in. Barry switched effortlessly between clawhammer banjo, Scrugg’s style banjo, old time fiddle, and guitar. Alan provided rock solid guitar backup and great vocals on the British songs. Gabrielle’s fiddling has been steadily getting stronger over the last few years. I’m convinced the old time fiddle players on FHO are going to be talking a lot about Gabrielle in the years to come.” ~ Scott Killops, Portland Old Time Guru