Promoter Riddell ‘stoked’ to bring Punch Brothers north

One of America’s most in-demand roots groups are to visit Shetland for a special one-off show this summer.

Punch Brothers have agreed to fit in a gig at Mareel on 3rd August, the night after featuring high on the bill at Cambridge Folk Festival.

Support will come from singer-songwriter Kris Drever.

Formed by mandolin player and singer Chris Thile in 2006, Punch Brothers this year released their fourth album, The Phosphorescent Blues, and played a sellout show at Glasgow Concert Hall as part of Celtic Connections in January.

Q Magazine praised the group for “astonishing, envelope-pushing vision” which combines elements of the five-piece band’s many musical interests, including indie rock, folk, jazz, bluegrass and classical.

T Bone Burnett produced The Phosphorescent Blues and Punch Brothers had previously worked with the multiple Grammy-winning producer on numerous occasions, including on the soundtrack to the Coen Brothers’ film Inside Llewyn Davis and its related concert film Another Day, Another Time.

Alongside Thile on mandolin and vocals, the band line-up features guitarist Chris Eldridge, bassist Paul Kowert (who played last year’s Shetland Folk Festival with Brittany Haas), banjo player Noam Pikelny and fiddler Gabe Witcher.

Neil Riddell of Ragged Wood, which is promoting the show, said: “We’re absolutely stoked to be able to bring such a high calibre, in demand group to Shetland. They are truly brilliant musicians and it will be a wonderful chance to see them in such an intimate environment.”

He paid special thanks to four local firms – Scalloway Hotel, Artmachine, Arch Henderson LLP and NB Communication – for agreeing to contribute sponsorship towards the event, along with Michael Williamson, who is providing financial backing to Ragged Wood, and Lynda Anderson at Shetland Arts for her help.


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