It’s a Hatful of mellow at Garstang unplugged

Hatful of Rain
Hatful of Rain

Critically acclaimed band Hatful of Rain will mark the launch of a new album with their first-ever trip to Lancashire as the next guests of Garstang Unplugged.

Based in East Sussex, this is a bluegrass/old time influenced British folk/roots band and a firm favourite of the legendary Bob Harris.

The “Hatfuls’’ started with mandolin player Fred Gregory, vocalist Chloe Overton and banjo/bass player Phil Jones.

They first performed together at a 2010 South Coast Folk Festival and were later joined by violinist James Shenton, who has played with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Balanescu Quartet.

The group makes full use of the “single microphone’’ approach to performing, which creates an engaging visual spectacle while underlining the warmth and communal style of the music played.

The group’s second album, “The Morning Key”, has just been released at a special launch party.

Their debut album, “Way Up on the Hill”, was released in 2012.

Actress Amanda Abbington performed in the official video that accompanied the release of “The Exit Song”, a single from the album.

The video was directed by Jamie Freeman (brother of actor Martin Freeman) and Stevie Freeman, who run the Union Music store in Lewes, East Sussex.

A spokesman for the band said: “Hot foot from a sold-out album launch the band are at the top of their game and looking forward to heading north.”

The band will play the Kenlis Arms in Ray Lane, Barnacre on Thursday, June 12, at 8-30pm.

Tickets for the event are priced at £10.

For more information or tickets lvisit www.garstangunplugged.com or call 01995 602795.