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Hokum is a funny word. It tends to suggest something nonsensical, something a bit silly and throwaway. To us however, the Tea Pad, behind the festive Ho’ Ho’ Hokum at The Cumberland Arms on Thursday 11th December, well and truly have their heads screwed on. The Cumberland is the perfect place to see in the festive period, being as it is, a haven for folk music/log fire aficionados.

The all-American Corn Potato String Band will be headlining as part of their superbly named Light And Fluffy UK tour (also taking in the Old Cinema Laundrette, Durham on Friday 12th). The multi-award winning instrumentalists play American fiddle and banjo and are a dab-hand at embellishing ‘antiquated’ music styles such as hoedown, country rag and southern gospel.

From Bristol comes the endearingly titled Screamin’ Miss Jackson & The Slap Ya’ Mama Big Band. The ‘rambunctious hillbillies’ pride themselves on skiffle, country blues and old-time with a highly distinctive punk twist. Home-grown support comes from The House of the Black Gardenia. One of Newcastle’s newest and hottest bands, featuring members of various Tyneside jazz groups… formed for the sole purpose of swing dance… stride piano, ragtime banjo, blistering horns (create some sexy swing rhythms while they’re at it). The House of the Black Gardenia; boasting members of various Tyneside jazz groups, they promise blistering horns and sexy swing rhythms.

Whether you’re a fan of raucous jazz, ballads or country blues, get along to the Cumberland for this delightful piece of pre-Christmas Hokum. You know it makes sense.

The Corn Potato String Band, Screamin’ Miss Jackson & The Slap Ya’ Mama Big Band and The Black Gardenia play The Cumberland Arms, Newcastle on Thursday 11th December.

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