THE COAL PORTERS were shining lights of the UK Americana and Bluegrass circuit for 17 years before hanging up their instruments within moments of England’s defeat by Croatia in the semi-final of the 2018 World Cup (true, though possibly unrelated). Led by AMA Award winner Sid Griffin (Long Ryders) and featuring on fiddle Grammy winner and Adele string section leader Kerenza Peacock.
They are reuniting for five days only in 2024 – including this one! They have featured on NPR's Morning Edition in the USA, live sessions for Bob Harris on BBC Radio 2 and Marc Riley for Radio 6 Music, and appearances at Glastonbury, SXSW and MerleFest.
“Not your average fish & chips bluegrass, the Coal Porters have expanded their music with broad strokes and fearless execution” ~ Chris Hillman (Byrds/Flying Burrito Bros)
“The Coal Porters whisk together a hugely listenable cocktail of bluegrass, folk and country” ~ Uncut
Kerenza Peacock – fine fiddle and vocals;
Paul Fitzgerald – banjo and vocals;
Sid Griffin – vocals, mandolin, harmonica and autoharp;
Andrew Stafford – bass;
Neil Robert Herd – guitar and vocals.