Authentic Bluegrass, that's the promise of Valley Bluegrass.
Modelled on the great American bands in the style of Flatt and Scruggs Valley Bluegrass play hard-driving rollicking bluegrass led by banjo, fiddle and guitar and Dobro. Tightly dancing around a single condenser microphone in the old style, Valley Bluegrass is both visually and harmonically a rich experience.
The band is fronted by passionate bluegrass lover Robbie Stevens on banjo and vocals alongside the legendary Read Hudson on guitar and Dobro and Carola Dunbar on fiddle. Richard Dingwall (mandolin) and Erin Morton keep the rhythm tight and occasionally step up to the microphone. Erin is well known to many as the singer, guitarist and songwriter from the award winning band Delgirl. Here she plays bass and keeps the band smiling.
The music is a judicious mix of all time favourites ( Foggy Mountain Special), contemporary classics (1952 Vincent Black Lightning) and home grown specials including a song from Lynn Vare of Delgirl.
Just over two years ago a new band took the stage at the Savoy Hotel. The occasion was a fund-raising dinner for the Howard League for Penal Reform. The band played a short set of justice themed songs including a tasteless little ditty about a man who couldn't make it to the prison dance because he had a terminal appointment elsewhere. Respected judges turned pale.
The band called themselves Valley Bluegrass because they practised in a valley and played bluegrass music.
After that gig the band were offered a residency at Pequeno Lounge Bar which continues to this day. They took to the streets busking, they tried out at the folk club, they played wherever they could and bookings came in.
In the the two years since October 2013 Valley Bluegrass have played several festivals including the Whare Flat Folk Festival, the Queenstown Winter Games and the Portobello Blues Festival, they have been featured guests at the Christchurch Folk Club and the Wellington Bluegrass Society (twice) and Carey's Bay Hotel. This will be their second time at the New Edinburgh Folk Club as the featured artists.