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The name Hillfolk Noir sounds a little bit like Philip Marlowe investigating The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. This wonderful trio, playing at Live Theatre (courtesy of Jumpin’ Hot Club) on Monday 18th July definitely tick all the American cultural boxes on the order sheet. Playing what they describe as ‘junkerdash’, they manage to weave the sounds of the depression era into an intricate tapestry with threads of blues, country, bluegrass and western swing. An eerie darkness is definitely present in their music; you can hear the niggling fear from a moonshine hangover and the terror of a Romero-esque apocalypse collide on the jarring North Idaho Zombie Rag.

Don’t dismiss this as a novelty though. The sounds and the instrumentation are authentic and evoke the feel of pure dustbowl melancholia albeit with just the right amount of poke to get your feet stomping.

Support comes from rising blues and country star David Broad from Leeds. Collaborations with the likes of Serious Sam Barrett and a reputation as one of the finest finger pickers in the UK should be all the encouragement needed to get to the show early to see what the fuss is about.

Hillfolk Noir and David Broad play Live Theatre, Newcastle on Monday 18th July.


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