The NewGrass Cutters Band
Saturday 24th November 2018 7.30pm
Tickets £15.00 TheatreCards £13.50
The NewGrass Cutters is a four piece progressive ‘NewGrass’ band who play arrangements of some of the greatest contemporary and classic songs. The Band play highly original versions of some of the best-known rock and pop songs from the last 50 years, the arrangements combined with their four part vocal harmonies are simply brilliant. Pete Brown, Phil Capaldi, Richard Collins and Andy Crowdy are all veterans of the UK Music Scene and have worked with many big names. The Big fans of the band already include guitar legend Albert Lee, Amen Corner's Andy Fairweather-Low, Chas 'n' Dave plus Fairport Convention's Dave Peg who invited the NewGrass Cutters to play at the internationally renowned Cropredy Festival. The NewGrass Cutters' performance there was a sensation with 20,000 folk fans grinning and cheering as they danced to the band's unique banjo, lap steel, mandolin, bass and percussion version of classics like 'Too Much Too Young', 'Good Vibrations', 'Born to be Wild', 'Voodoo Chile' and 'Listen to the Music'
What is unusual is that all four band members can sing in different styles so there are some quality vocal harmonies as well as some really original arrangements. Pete Brown and Phil Capaldi are the lead singers and with Richard and Andy joining in, the four-part vocal harmonies are one of the real strengths of the band. The arrangements are imaginative too. The band call their style of music ‘Newgrass’- basically it is their own interpretations of top quality songs with a touch of Bluegrass. They have received some great testimonials from other artists:
Albert Lee – “I have to say I am very impressed. I love this music. Great playing and interesting song choices.”
Dave Pegg – “Triffic playing and tasty arrangements with vocals and energy to match.”
Andy Fairweather Low – “New…you bet! New life into great songs, with great playing and singing. Fabulous choice of songs, its music doing only what music can…. what a great idea…what a great band.”
Dave Peacock - “Great singing’ great playing’, great repertoire, this band’s got the lot, it’s kinda new grass yet something else and they really are something else”.
Pete Brown – Lead vocals, Lapsteel, Mandolin - Pete started his career playing guitar with his Dad Joe Brown at the tender age of 15 and went on to produce the multimillion selling “Stop” with his sister Sam Brown. Over the years he has worked with many top artists live and in the studio including Deep Purple, Dave Gilmour, George Harrison, Dusty Springfield, Edwin Star, Sade, Nick Lowe, Dave Edmunds, Courtney Pine, Status Quo, Everything but the Girl and the specials to name but a few.
Phil Capaldi – Lead vocals, Drums, Percussion - Phil started his career playing in his brothers (Jim Capaldi - Traffic) band “The Contenders” as vocalist/percussionist. Over his career spanning 40 years Phil has worked and toured with many top artists from the UK and USA including Dave Edmunds, Steve Winwood, Status Quo, Bill Wyman, Dave Peacock, Henry Gross, the Nashville Super Pickers, Burrito Brothers, Don Gibson, Raymond Froggatt and many more. Phil has for the last 25 years been performing in Joe Browns touring and recording band as the drummer/percussionist/vocalist.
Richard Collins – Banjo, Mandolin, backing vocals - Richard is a leading light of the UK Bluegrass scene, a three times winner of the UK Banjo championships, he has toured with many British and American artists and for the last few years has been playing in Joe Browns touring band. Richard also performs with classical mandolin ensemble, The Mandolinquents and has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Andy Crowdy – Double bass, backing vocals - Andy Crowdy is a well known and highly rated bass player on the UK jazz scene. He has performed with many UK players (Garry Potter, Dis Dizley, Clark Tracy, Alan Barnes and Tina May to name a few). Andy combines an incredible sense of rhythm and rive with a lyrical musicality which comes to the fore in his solos. Andy has a love of many musical styles leading him to playing rock, blues, folk and pop.
Tickets £15, Theatrecards £13.50