“Great harmony singing and memorable songs that often recall a British Flying Burrito Brothers or a back porch Ronnie Lane” MOJO ****
The Coal Porters claim to be the world’s first “alt-bluegrass” act, demonstrating the power of fiddle, mandolin, banjo, acoustic guitar and doghouse bass when matched with four-part harmonies and memorable melodies. They have taken this sound around the world being featured on NPR’s Morning Edition in the USA and having recorded a live session for Bob Harris on BBC Radio 2.
The Coal Porters have six albums available, having been reviewed in every publication from Rolling Stone to Mojo to El Pais. Their most recent album, No. 6, was produced by folk-rock legend John Wood, producer of Fairport Convention, Nick Drake, Squeeze and Beth Orton. Read all about it here
“The Coal Porters…a feast of highly crafted ensemble playing with the odd virtuoso turn.” UNCUT ****
“Not your average fish & chips bluegrass, the Coal Porters have expanded their music with broad strokes and fearless execution.” Chris Hillman (Byrds/Flying Burrito Bros)
“…the fantastic spirit and great music of the Coal Porters…featuring Sid Griffin, a man of many parts, some of them still working…” Bob Harris (BBC Radio 2)