Old Baby Mackrel
Old Baby Mackerel play high-energy, foot-stomping Bluegrass and features a dizzying line-up of renowned musicians from some of the UK’s best folk, Americana and festival bands – Aaron Catlow (Sheelanagig), Bill Frampton (Boogaloo String Band), Kai Carter (Young Waters) Mikey Ponsford (Flats & Sharps) and Sam Garrard (ex-Ushti Baba).
Their music uses the rhythmic sounds of fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar and double bass to get knees bouncing and elbows wagging to the virtuosic sound of blistering solos and harmonies so sweet and they could make an onion cry! Expect tales of love, murder, whisky and railroads alongside 200bpm bangers and hilarious hillbilly antics.
The band formed in 2016 and quickly gathered a following on the UK festival circuit before going on to tour the UK, Thailand, Germany, Portugal, Italy and Austria. Old Baby Mackerel have headlined the Northern-Irish, Cornish and Swiss Bluegrass festivals and played on stages such as Chai Wallah at Shambala Festival, Field of Avalon and Greenpeace at Glastonbury Festival and the main stages of Acoustic Summer in Germany and Jai Thep in Thailand.
Be prepared to be transported back in time to the early 20th century and across the Atlantic to North America where songs dramatized the small town fascination with locomotion, the trials of murderous drunks and the veneration of whisky and bootleg liquor. If you’re not shouting yee-haw by the end it’s not Old Baby Mackerel.