|Saturday 12 November 2016 @ 09:00pm : -
Sheesham and Lotus & 'Son
The end of the twentieth century saw the formation of Sheesham and Lotus, a simple musical duo whose main concern was to revive fiddle music and good-time songs of years past. In the years following, they have become one of the most popular Old-time Roots acts in North America. Noted for their highly original presentation, Sheesham and Lotus and 'Son have created a sonic and visual language that is very much their own, utilizing instruments of their own creation such as the Sepia-phonic Monophone, and the Contrabass HarmoniPhoneum. Such inventions have been instrumental in building a show that is vividly antique in both sight and sound, along with their excellent musicianship, setting them apart as true innovators of their craft.
In 2012 Sheesham and Lotus and 'Son recorded the critically acclaimed "1929". The record was quickly nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award in the category of "Best Traditional Album".
The latest recording "The High Stepping Music of Sheesham and Lotus and 'Son" is garnering praise in the UK, and will soon to be released in North America.
Famously referred to as “Mississippi Sheiks meet Doctor Seuss as curated by HG Wells” Sheesham and Lotus and ‘Son have created a sonic and visual presentation of old time high stepping music which is completely unique. Fiddle, Banjo and Sousaphone make up the core of this outfit, complimented by Contrabass-Harmoniphonium, Harmonicas, and Jaw Harps, Bones and BuckDance, with great sibling harmonies.
The show has it’s roots in the Vaudeville and Juke Joints of the American South, where Mississippi Riverfolk meet the Appalachian Highlanders; the blues meet he fiddle tunes with a rollicking and full flamed conviviality one might consider outrageous! Sheesham and Lotus & ‘Son have established themselves as an act that has it all, combining astounding musicianship and fearless grooves with a show that is dynamic and entertaining.
Wondrous old-time stylists – a modern-day Mississippi Sheiks ~ Sarah Coxson, fRoots magazine (UK)
Hugely entertaining – they stole the show! ~ John Lees, Maverick magazine (UK)
Truly they are The New Kings Of Old Time ~ Peter Cowley, Fatea magazine (UK)
The auditorium was packed, and there was so much applause and the end of the first set, it was like they wanted an encore at the intermission – amazing! ~ Rudie Humphrey, AmericanaUK
The Canadian trio may be solely, acoustic, old-timey and use a host of vintage instruments but the entertainment they serve up is electrically charged! ~ freelance music writer, Maurice Hope
We had a blast. Best act I’ve put on in a very, very long time ~ Chris Jones, Selby Town Hall, England
A cracker, thank you. Very enthusiastic response on the night here, and I have to say we were delighted ~ Sally Harrison, South Holland Centre, England
If there’s a more vintage / authentic act that’s so damn entertaining, then in 29 years as a music promoter, I ain’t seen them! ~ Graham Anderson, Jumpin’ Hot Club, England
Such an excellent show – those guys really know what they are doing and audience members were stunned – as if they were glimpsing another world ~ Lauren Glasgow, The CatStrand Arts Centre, Scotland