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INSIDE THE CENTRE: The latest news from Spalding’s South Holland Centre

With three-quarters of seats sold, anyone intending to come to the next Americana concert at the South Holland Centre should not delay booking. Working out of the Colorado Rockies, The Railsplitters have made a huge impact across America, scaling new heights with a refreshing and charming range of bluegrass and ‘beyond-bluegrass’ music.

Their secret weapon is two-fold. First, the innovative imagination of banjo player Dusty Rider’s songwriting - he writes with the full band in mind, imagining an entire song in his head before he has even heard it out loud. Second, the powerfully distinct vocals of Lauren Stovall whose voice is as clean as Emmylou Harris, as cutting as Allison Krauss, whilst carrying some of the attitude of Dolly Parton. The five-piece also features Leslie Ziegler on upright base, Pete Sharpe on mandolin, with newest member Christine King on fiddle.

The band are crossing the pond for a whistle-stop tour of UK venues and festivals, including the South Holland Centre on Thursday 7 April at 8pm. Concert tickets are £12.50, £11.50 concessions and £7.50 under 26s. For an additional £10, players of banjo, mandolin or fiddle can pre-book for a master class with band members at 6.30pm.

Meanwhile, we are delighted to confirm two further concerts in our American roots music programme: edgy hillbilly blues from Idaho trio Hillfolk Noir on Friday 8 July; and Pennsylvanian acoustic trio The Stray Birds on Thursday 6 October. Tickets for both shows are on sale now.