Famously referred to as “Mississippi Sheiks meet Doctor Seuss as curated by HG Wells” Sheesham and Lotus and ‘Son have created a sonic and visual presentation of old time high stepping music which is completely unique. Fiddle, Banjo and Sousaphone make up the core of this outfit, complimented by Contrabass-Harmoniphonium, Harmonicas, and Jaw Harps, Bones and BuckDance, with great sibling harmonies.
The show has it’s roots in the Vaudeville and Juke Joints of the American South, where Mississippi Riverfolk meet the Appalachian Highlanders; the blues meet he fiddle tunes with a rollicking and full flamed conviviality one might consider outrageous!
Sheesham and Lotus & ‘Son have established themselves as an act that has it all, combining astounding musicianship and fearless grooves with a show that is dynamic and entertaining.
At the invitation of Lorna Fulton and the Lathe Revival Project, Sheesham and Lotus and ‘Son arrived in Skegness on the 29th of June 2015. They spent the next seven days recording songs and tunes on a 1937 Presto 78 rpm recording lathe disccutter, the same machine used by the Lomax family. Each session was followed by a performance in a different town in rural Lincolnshire. The rigorous itinerary kept the band at peak performance ensuring the grooves were cut well and deep. This encounter has culminated in their latest CD release, 78rpm!
This compilation of 78 recordings fuses peerless artistry with the unique quality of the 78 rpm recording. Hold in your very hands the digital re-masters of these sessions. They represent a profound glimpse into what was a very transformative experience for the trio and are a product of their common love of the art.
Tues Nov 1: HopBarn, Southwell, www.thehopbarn.org.uk
Wed 2: The Atkinson, Southport, www.gratefulfreds.tumblr.com
Thurs 3: Acoustic Music Club, Kirkcaldy, www.kirkcaldyacousticmusicclub.co.uk
Fri 4: Fyvie Folk Club, Aberdeenshire, www.fyviefolk.org.uk
Sat 5: Tin Hut, Gartly, by Huntly, www.tinhutsessions.co.uk
Sun 6: Performing Arts Centre, Kilbarchan, www.facebook.com
Mon 7: Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, www.traverse.co.uk
Tues 8: Dundee Acoustic Music Club, www.facebook.com
Wed 9: HEART, Headingley, Leeds, www.heartcentre.org.uk
Thurs 10: The Cross Keys, Selattyn, RSVP email@example.com
Fri 11: The Green Note, London, www.greennote.co.uk
Sat 12: Square & Compass, Worth Matravers, www.squareandcompasspub.co.uk
Sun 13: The Canteen, Bristol, www.canteenbristol.co.uk
Hiastus Hibernation Time!
Be sure to check out Lotus Wight here:
Son Sanderson here:
and Sheesham Crow here: