|Saturday 14 June 2014 @ 09:00pm : -
Hatful of Rain
Hatful of Rain are a Bluegrass/Old-time influenced British folk/roots band based in East Sussex.
Playing original material, Hatful of Rain strive to combine powerful song-writing with musical virtuosity whilst retaining a strong traditional feel. The Hatfuls make full use of the “single microphone” approach to performing which creates an engaging visual spectacle whilst underlining the warmth and communal style of the music played.
Phil Jones (bass and banjo) is the band’s bantering front man but the eye nor the ear never wander far from Chloe’s compelling onstage presence. Her soulful yet winsome vocal style bring out the best of the bluegrass and country repertoire but it is her own captivating songs that linger in the memory.
The addition of Fred Davies and James Shenton, two fine musicians, has added a rich instrumental dimension to the band - Fred’s guitar and mandolin playing and vocals have long been admired in his appearances with the excellent Porchlight Smoker and James has an impeccable pedigree, both as a violinist with the Balanescu Quartet and a sometime member of The Crawfish Scrapers string band.
“They’re very, very good” ~ Mike Harding, Radio 2
“Hauntingly beautiful…I love it” ~ Bob Harris, Radio 2
“Beautiful!” ~ Rosanne Cash, via Twitter
“Every once in a while you hear something…it’s rock ‘n roll baby, done bluegrass style” ~ Dave Cash, Radio Solent about “Rockin’ Chair Daddy”
“A fine band with a growing live reputation” ~ Ralph McLean, BBC Radio Ulster
“Chloe Overton possesses a stunning voice that really makes you stop in your tracks” ~ Brighton Source
“a refreshing blend of British folk & bluegrass, they continue & expand on the erasing of musical borders that is happening in Roots music….long may they continue!” ~ Barry Marshall-Everitt, House of Mercy Radio Show
“Way Up On The Hill takes the listener down a path strewn with heartache and regret..moments later whirling a jig that leave you feeling joyful” ~ Viva Lewes.