Holt Festival’s tribute to country and roots/folk/rock featuring The Vagaband, one of Norfolk’s finest ‘roots’ music bands, and ‘country’ from The Wangford Bass Combo featuring BJ Cole. They will be supported by The Gentlemen.
The Vagaband play original song-based roots music; a soulful mix between americana, blues, jazz and rock. Their live show is the result of a well-oiled touring act who cut their teeth during early years as a street band.
In 2013 The Vagaband were listed in The Alternate Root’s poll of Top 20 New Roots Bands of Europe.
The Wangford Bass Combo featuring BJ Cole
Hank Wangford has been for 28 years “the guilty conscience of country and western, its dark and troubled grubby soul” inspiring others like Billy Bragg. Get ‘Down into the Bassment’ with the Wangford Bass Combo - an experimental exploration of the lower reverberant depths of Country music.With twin bass guitars drilling their way through sad songs of lost love, breakups and betrayal, what better way of navigating the dark underbelly of Country music!
And – as a special guest at the Holt Festival, soaring stratospherically over the Combo’s dark beats is the stellar pedal steel and down-to-earthy dobro of the guru of slide guitars BJ Cole.
Running Time - 2 hours 30 minutes
"The Vagaband - proof that the devil doesn't always have the best tunes...stunning." - Q Magazine