Holton le Moor’s Hope tavern will move to the sounds of Louisiana and Texas as Derby based trio Swamptrash bring an evening of Cajun, Celtic and Americana Blues this Sunday, February 19.
Swamp Trash is fronted by internationally acclaimed Cajun accordionist/vocalist Chris Hall, better known as the founder member and front man of formidable UK bands R.Cajun and the Zydeco Brothers, The Bearcats and The Cajun Roosters.
With a reputation second to none as master of the Cajun Squeezebox, he has recorded with Kate Bush, Mike Harding and Bill Wyman, as well as making countless recordings with his own bands.
Even more impressive have been his recordings and gigs with Paul McCartney and Dave Gilmour, together with appearances on The Tube, Jools Holland Show, Top of the Pops and a gig at the legendary Cavern Club in Liverpool.
With all that under his belt, he loves nothing more than to play in the corner of a bar and make music with people he can groove with and give audiences a night to remember.
Chris, Mick Doyle and Andy Cooper put together the Cajun of Louisiana with Celtic music and blended it in a natural way to create a sound they have dubbed Swamp Trash, a purely joyous celebration of two musical cultures using accordion, mandolin, harmonica, mando-cello, bass guitar, whistles and percussion.
Think of it as the music you might hear in a Galway bar if The Cajuns were over on tour and an after hour’s session kicked off, the Jameson’s and Southern Comfort were flowing, everyone put their troubles behind them and fired into a bunch of tunes and songs just like old friends.
You may hear a few songs you recognise by the likes of Van Morrison, Steve Earle or JJ Cale, but you’re equally likely to hear hypnotic Cajun two steps with a funky Celtic edge and drinking songs, taking you back to a glorious land where the craic is mighty and the good times roll all night long.
The gig at the Hope starts at 4pm and the door charge is £8.