James The Fang and Serious Sam Barrett
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About the event
Serious Sam Barrett is a hard touring, folk and country singer/songwriter from Otley, West Yorkshire, UK. Playing honest, heartfelt self penned and traditional songs on 12 string guitar and banjo.
James and Serious Sam met and felt a common love for roots music. Honesty. Music for working people and a charge to bring life to a fading style… the haints have released 4 albums for K (beck, modest mouse, Kurt Cobain, beat happening) and many others on James’s own Arkam record label.
They are currently working with Single Lock in Muscle Shoals Alabama.“The sustained brilliance of this playing is really something to behold.” Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2“Songs that rattle with the ghosts of Appalachian folk, and southern blues, yet sound emphatically English.” Uncut Magazine“Old before his years country-folk fellow who mixes intricate John Fahey finger-picking with confessional tales of dirty old Leeds” The Guardian.“Excellent stripped back folk” Maverick Magazine
James was born and raised on the Alabama/Tennessee stateline, on land that was once home to the Choctaw Indians and was settled later by Appalachian frontiersman…both blood lines are in his veins, and the music is a mirror image of this…songs of death, the Holy Spirit, love, and love lost, Fang has played music for the catfish fry socials and fiddle dances his entire life…when punk reached the Muscle Shoals area, he was present, playing guitar and singing in the Wednesday’s (Peel sessions and heavy touring abroad) and the Quadrajets (Sympathy For the Record Industry, Estrus, Sub-Pop) but it was truest and nearer to the heart when the Pine Hill Haints began touring. Countless trips across the south, the East, the West, Canada, 14 tours alone to Ireland and the U.K.; four tours and a slew of recording in Japan, all along the underground and the unknown world, away from stardom and fame…