Snake Rattle & Roll! at the Betsey Trotwood : The Snakeoil Rattlers, Dan Raza & Me!

November 3rd, 2015

Broken heart …. fresh start.  Going back to solo mia for too many reasons to mention.  Hopefully my lit up skull will help me find my way back home since I’d been given a real boost by my friends in London, to support the sexy Snakeoil Rattlers and divine Dan Raza at the historic Betsey Trotwood pub in Farringdon, London ….. for Halloween ’15…. and I quote:

“It’s dark, it’s scary, it’s a night so terrifying it can only be Halloween. Yes, we’ve done it the last three years and we’re doing it again this year. So prepare yourselves to delight in the bourbon-swaggering Sexy, Southern Death Country-Rock of The Snakeoil Rattlers on this night of hell raising evil on Saturday 31st October at the Betsey Trotwood (56 Farringdon Rd, London EC1R 3BL Tel: 020 7253 4285 We’re even going to slip in a few spooky covers and will be joined by good friends The Dan Raza Band and the wonderful Marianne Hyatt. **Full Details Below**

As it’s Halloween we’ll expect everyone to dress up as your favourite zombie, vampire or ghostly incarnation. So get your thinking hats on as what you’re gonna wear. The extra spooky Ken will be greeting you at the door.

The night kicks off at 8pm and the admission for this great show is only £7.

A little about the bands:

The Snakeoil Rattlers

The first thing that strikes you about The Snakeoil Rattlers is not only their unique fusion of country, rock, bluegrass, and the outlaw sounds of the South, but also their uncompromising mature encapsulation of how these elements can be formed into a timeless rootsy core.

Unlike many London based bands performing what can be termed traditionally as an American music genre, The Snakeoil Rattlers play it with an authenticity that has brought them fans on both sides of the Atlantic from the small towns to the larger costal cities. Walking on the dark side of the street however, their sound, is distinctly their own.

Even after the release of their first EP “Road Tales” which spoke of the quiet desperation of the road, the band has earned it’s reputation as a live act continuing past the songs of this sophomore effort touching on topics such as backwoods gambling (“The Devil’s in My Rearview”), less than simple tales of revenge (“Lazarus”), inner family turmoil (“Blood’s No Thicker Than Backwater”) and unafraid to tackle the subjects of faith, religion, and the undeniable duality of the South (“Plastic Jesus” and “Dixieland”).

“Quite possibly the greatest country, bluegrass and rock fusion the South never had”
— Paul Chamberlain, New Songs From The South, ARFM Radio

“Delight in the bourbon-swaggering Sexy, Southern Death Country-Rock of The Snakeoil Rattlers. Named after one of Steve Earle’s finest songs these good ol’ boys mix a perfect, three-finger whiskey blend of gifted musicianship with rock ’n’ Roll (bad) attitude.”
— Countrier Than Thou

“Slow Train To Georgia and Nothin’ To Confess showed just what a tight unit the Rattlers are, and was that Made In The Shade, the ol’ Skynyrd classic? Hell, yeah. I will be checking this lot out again.”
— Classic Rock Magazine

twitter: @snakeoilrattler
Dan Raza

Dan Raza has established a considerable reputation on the UK singer songwriter and folk roots scene.

His distinctive approach has led to him supporting Joan Armatrading on a recent European tour, as well as opening for artists such as Mary Gauthier, Badly Drawn Boy, Cara Dillon and Alejandro Escovedo at concerts throughout the UK and USA. He also had a song, Every Little Dog endorsed by Neil Young when Shakey chose it for his ‘Living with War’ website.

Of mixed British and Indian heritage, Dan grew up in Bedfordshire and has spent his adult years in London. His songs glow with a strong sense of place, bearing an enigmatic wistfulness at their core

His debut album (released Spring 2012, Cargo/Auralee) was produced by Charlie Hart (Ronnie Lane, Ian Dury, Eric Clapton, Mose Allison) and features appearances from Geraint Watkins (Van Morrison, Paul McCartney), BJ Cole (Dolly Parton, Martin Simpson), Steve Simpson (Eric Bibb, Ronnie Lane), Frank Mead (Albert King, Eric Clapton) and Mosi Conde (Mory Kante, Salif Keita)

“*4/5 Stars* An astonishingly accomplished set of songs, one of which a veteran songwriter would be proud.”
Jeremy Searle, R2 Magazine
“*4/5 Stars* His songs slip easily into the consciousness and once there, lodge themselves for good.”
Gareth L Powell, Bass Guitar Magazine Magazine
“He is undoubtedly magnificent at weaving a tune. The heart of the album’s appeal is Raza’s emergence as a songwriter of exceptional talent.”
Rachel Devine, Folk Radio UK –
“*4/5 Stars* Thought-provoking songs, well played and beautifully arranged. Reminiscent of the Waterboys.”
David Hawkridge, Taplas Magazine
“Stunning – our Album of the Week.”
Ross MacFadyen, Celtic Music Radio
“More than just promising since his songs are good enough to stand up and be counted alongside those who have been recording for years”
Maurice Hope, Flyin Shoes Fanzine
“Definitely a man ahead of the pack.”
Julian Piper, Acoustic Magazine
“A bit folk, a bit country, a bit rock and very, very good.”
Bedford Today
Marianne Hyatt

Deep Southern Songstress from Austin Texas. If you blinked you’ll have missed her as Richard Linklater’s ‘Late Night Pickup’ during his cult film ‘Slacker’. She has fronted Dragstripper, Temple of Sound, Anarchistwood and Country Dirt, which was once London’s hottest new grabass bluegrass C&W outfit since Gary P. Nunn came to town. She’s equal parts Patsy Cline, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison, and has sung with The Frogs at ATP, as well as with Bill Callahan during Meltdown Festival. She writes and plays platonic lovesongs to sexworkers, country reggae odes to schizophrenic madames and protest tunes to natural disasters… a walking triumph of lost causes & no-longer living legends.

“Country Dirt is London’s premier country+bluegrass band, fronted by Texas’s very own and very striking Marianne Hyatt” – Gary Crowley, BBC London

“….adding aural shooting stars and neon fire to the roadhouse vibe – Gavin Martin, The Mirror Think Burrito Brothers’ dirty sister” – Tim Perry, The Windmill

“Patsy Kline stealing from Finlay Quaye” – The Fly

“a star in the making” – Max Bell, Evening Standard

“She’s bloody good” – SleazeNation

“The sound of melodrama and mystery” – Kerrang!

“audacious tales of sleaze and danger” – Melody Maker

“Marianne Hyatt proves compelling viewing” – Music Week

“she is triumphant live; the men love her because they are Pavlovian, the women love her because she makes them feel like Calamity Jane” – Harpers and Queen

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