132 Perth Rd
Dundee, Dundee City DD1 4JW
“Front Country is the biggest new bluegrass band in America” – Bob Harris, BBC
Front Country has a sound with the body of a bluegrass ensemble, the soul of a rock band and the mind of a classical chamber group. Their dynamic instrumental textures take flight with grace and gravitas while rooted in the relentlessly soulful vocals of lead singer Melody Walker and trio harmonies that soar with organic precision. Along with mandolinist Adam Roszkiewicz, guitarist Jacob Groopman, violinist Leif Karlstrom and bassist Jeremy Darrow, this San Francisco quintet has been called “passionately intoxicating” and “orchestral”. In 2013 Front Country became the third band in history to win both the RockyGrass and Telluride band contests and they have been in-demand ever since. Their debut album, Sake of the Sound, is available worldwide.
Wire and Wool are a seven-piece Dundee-based band who have been described as ‘Full on bluegrass punk and roots revival heaven’. They came together in 2014 from a wide range of origins and musical styles and have been gaining notoriety for their energetic sets and fired up sessions ever since.
Drawing on their diverse influences, from bluegrass to roots, through jazz to blues and Celtic music, they have played recently to enthusiastic crowds at events such as Dundee Westfest, the Southern Fried Festival in Perth, the Glasgow Merchant City Festival, and the Insider Festival Strathspey Safari; they also drew a sell-out crowd to the Birnam Arts Centre in August, and supported the Peatbog Faeries at the Kirriemuir festival.