The Black Denims + Rain of Animals - SpringGrass Bluegrass Festival 2024


Friday 17th May 2024
Doors: 7:00pm
Festival Marquee, Newton Stewart, Scotland

Tickets: £15.00 / £10.00 (Concession)

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The Black Denims + Rain of Animals - SpringGrass Bluegrass Festival 2024

Incredible 8-piece bluegrass/country supergroup from Glasgow, The Black Denims open this year's SpringGrass Bluegrass Festival in style with support from the instrumental wizardry of Australian/Scottish duo, Rain of Animals. Tickets will go fast!

The Black Denims are Scotland’s newest country supergroup. With an expanse of 8 members, hailing from disparate musical backgrounds, the band manages to blend the disciplines of Jazz, Blues, Bluegrass, Folk, and Country into their story telling lore. Each member brings their own set of skills and accolades, with some stretching as far as winning the prestigious ‘BBC’s Young Musician of the Year’ award, to studying and then teaching at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. The band also were awarded BBC’s ‘Single of the Week’ for their latest release ‘Ain’t All Roses’ which features a string quartet arrangement by Liam Shortall (corto.alto). Their main focus is songwriting and dipping their toes into untrodden musical paths. The dirtier the path, the better.

Their first extended play release ‘Grateful For Small Mercies’ debuts on 5th March and is one third of 3 acts set to be released this year.

With traditional bluegrass instrumentation, alongside jazz piano accompaniment, the band have a very diverse sound, which is present in their enigmatic and energetic live performances.

Rain Of Animals is the euphonious collaboration between Pepita Emmerichs (Oh Pep!) and Theodore Barnard (Wire & Wool) and their love of all things mandolin, fiddle, guitar, harmony vocals, bluegrass, oldtime, swing, tunes and songs. Spanning originals to arrangements of classics and gems of rarities you wish you had discovered earlier, their sound is both new and old, unique in it's instrumental wizardry and musical integrity all at once.


Festival Marquee

Festival Marquee
The Vault Arts Centre
40 Victoria Street
Newton Stewart

The Festival Marquee is located in the apple tree garden at the rear of the Trust's live music and performing arts centre, The Vault Arts Centre, in Newton Stewart.

Trad Music Trust

The 10th annual Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival takes place over the 12th-14th July 2024. It's an incredible achievement. The charity has created a viable, sustainable, event that continues to grow and develop, proudly celebrating the very best in traditional Scottish, Irish and World music. Make sure you book early for what is shaping up to be the biggest event yet!

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