Sounds of the Rockies head for peak-free flat country

Leslie Ziegler, Pete Sharpe, Lauren Stovall and Dusty Rider of The Railsplitters.  Photo by Kirsten Cohen Photography.
Leslie Ziegler, Pete Sharpe, Lauren Stovall and Dusty Rider of The Railsplitters. Photo by Kirsten Cohen Photography.
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American mountain music in its purest form is coming to South Holland this week in the form of a five-piece bluegrass band making strides in the States.

American mountain music in its purest form is coming to South Holland this week in the form of a five-piece bluegrass band making strides in the States.

The Railsplitters are following the lead of countrymen Front Country, who performed at South Holland Centre last November, to include what used to be Tuliptown as one of the stop-offs on their UK tour.

In fact, South Holland Centre is privileged to be the opening stage of the band’s month-long tour which starts just six days after their last gig in The Railsplitters’ home state of Colorado.

Described by one reviewer as “bluegrass instrumentation meets sharp pop aesthetics”, the band is made up of guitarist and lead vocalist Lauren Stovall, mandolin player Pete Sharpe, upright bassist Leslie Ziegler, fiddle player Christine King and banjo player Dusty Rider.

The Railsplitters bring together a fascinating mix of American culture, from East Coast influences and the hard toil of the Midwest, to the free and easyness of the Rockies, added to by the heart and soul of Mississippi.

Lauren Stovall, lead vocalist with The Railsplitters.  Phot by Emily Sierra Photography.

Lauren Stovall, lead vocalist with The Railsplitters. Phot by Emily Sierra Photography.

Playing songs from their 2015 album The Faster It Goes, The Railsplitters will also be performing music from their debut album which bears the band’s name.

Tickets to see The Railsplitters, priced £12.50, £11.50 for over 60s, people with disabilities and their companions, or £7.50 for under 26s are available from the South Holland Centre box office on 01775 764777.

As a bonus, the band is hosting master classes on playing the banjo, mandolin and fiddle in the centre’s bar area from 5.30pm until 6.30pm.

It costs £10 and anyone interested should book with the centre in advance.

The Railsplitters are one of the most exciting bands to come on the scene in a long time. The complexity of their arrangements, the beauty of their vocals, and excitement in their performance should put them right in the center of your radar

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