This Sunday afternoon The Apple Tree, our favourite pub on Mount Pleasant goes old-time.There aren’t many London (or even UK) bands playing traditional American old-time music: the type of mountain music from the Appalachians (or thereabouts) that came to prominence with the Oh Brother Where Art Thou and Cold Mountain soundtracks, and the likes of Gillian Welch, the Old Crow Medicine Show and recent Grammy winners the Carolina Chocolate Drops.
The Glorification have soaked up buckets of that old-time feeling – rubbing shoulders with legendary American players like Tom Paley at London jams, and from band camps and their various travels to the States. Helen Keen (aka L’il Liza) sings and plucks a mean banjo, clawhammer style; Pat Longley (aka Patty-Jo) is an inspiring fiddle player whether its bluegrass or old-time; and guitarist Phil Alexander (aka Uncle Philbert) is well-known amongst London musicians for his duff jokes and rustic singing. They are admirably backed up on double bass by Richard Eyres (aka Big Dick).
Mixing old-time ballads of loves lost and found; instrumentals that evoke the misty morn’s and moonshiney nights up on the Blue Ridge; and country rock classics with an old-timey twist, The Glorification promise a harmony-filled hoe-down, that’ll get your feet-stomping and heart racing for the American South.
Get down to the Apple Tree tomorrow (27 Feb) for Come Down and Meet the Folks hosted by Rockingbird Alan Tyler. Music starts around 5pm, kicking off with James Deane followed by The Glorification and then headliners, rockin out Exile-on-Main-Street style, The Snakes.