Letham Nights #57 – The Coal Porters with the Coaltown Daisies

April 9th, 2018
by Letham Nights

The Coal Porters

Saturday 5th May

Doors 7.30pm

with Special Guests – The Coaltown Daisies

Tickets Here>>

As you probably already know, at Letham Nights, as a proud Green Arts Initiative venue, we are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and creating a zero-carbon village hall. However, this kind of carbon we can cope with…!

The Coal Porters, making their second visit to Letham Nights, and led by the legendary Sid Griffin, are all set to light up the hall with their unique punk-influenced take on alt-bluegrass.  The band demonstrate 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 and have been 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 are;
Kerenza Peacock – fine fiddle and vocals;
Paul Fitzgerald – banjo and vocals;
Sid Griffin – vocals, mandolin, harmonica and autoharp;
Andrew Stafford – bass;
Neil Robert Herd – guitar and vocals.

“Sid Griffin was playing Americana years before the term was invented and that pioneer spirit shines on with his current band, the Coal Porters.” ~ Billy Bragg

“Not your average fish and chips bluegrass, the Coal Porters have expanded their music with broad strokes and fearless execution.” ~ Chris Hillman (Byrds/Flying Burrito Bros/Desert Rose)

“Great harmony singing and memorable songs that often recall a British Flying Burrito Brothers or a back porch Ronnie Lane” ~ Mojo Magazine

“The Coal Porters whisk together a hugely listenable cocktail of bluegrass, folk and country” ~ Uncut

 We are sooooo happy to have them back and we know that they love us too.  Here’s what guitarist, Neil Herd, had to say about Letham Nights:

“Genuinely one of the Coal Porter’s favourite gigs EVER. That’s a lot of gigs passed over in favour of you fine folks – and rightly so. Aye. Neil Herd, The Coal Porters

The Coaltown Daisies

And just to stretch the coal theme a bit more, we have invited the wonderful Coaltown Daisies to open the entertainment for the evening.

The Coaltown Daisies write and perform dynamic folk, soul and americana music and have tremendous experience as performers, recording artists and event managers. They are renowned for their highly engaging live performances and steady professionalism which has resulted in them performing at sought after venues and festivals all over the country.

The records they have released under their own Ragged Boot Records label feature some of Scotland’s most highly established musicians and have been exceptionally well received by listeners the world over; their latest release features a composition that was chosen as the original theme for World Whisky Day and won them the coveted CalMac Culture Music prize.

All that coal!  It’s going to be a burning hot night!

Letham Nights – The Year Ahead…

Future Shows – Get the dates in your diary!!
We are seriously ahead of ourselves for the rest of 2018 and have some exciting shows lined up. More details later but get these dates in your diary!

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16th June – Gina Chavez and girlfriends –

Soooo excited to have booked the amazing and delightful Gina Chavez.  Gina is a multi-award winning artist from Austin, Texas and will bring some cool Latino grooves to the hall.  She will be joined by a trio of solo female artists that we know well – Roberta Pia, Cera Impala and Lake Montgomery. Each will do a solo set and then Roberta will finish this hot, midsummer evening with a DJ set curated by the 4 artists.  Phew!

22nd September – Cara –

Brought to Letham Nights by the highly acclaimed Scottish folk singer, Kim Edgar, this Irish folk band are a truly class act.  Despite the fact that all of the band, apart from Kim, are German,  the band absolutely NAIL the genre.

16th November – The Bevvy Sisters and the Letham Nights Community Choir –

At last we bring back the Bevvy Sisters for another classy night of swing, jazz, folk and blues with harmonies to die for – this time with a unique twist.  The Bevvies will run an afternoon workshop to train up a choir of volunteers to perform on the night.  Like to sing?  Then get signed up!!


Sincere thanks to everyone who responded to our call to DO ONE THING ONCE for Letham Nights.  We had a most amazing response and now have a database of around 30 volunteers that we can call upon to help us keep the show on the road. We hope that makes you as happy as we are! And if you still want to get involved and haven’t been in touch please use the contact details at the bottom of the page to reach out.

Green Arts Initiative

Letham Nights is now a member of the Green Arts Initiative, an interactive community of Scottish arts organisations working to promote sustainability and reduce their environmental impact – a perfect fit for Letham Nights!

Run by Creative Carbon Scotland and Festivals Edinburgh since 2013, the Green Arts Initiative supports Scottish arts organisations to be at the forefront of growing an environmentally sustainable Scotland.

Letham Nights…

Letham Nights began in December 2008.  Our vision was to bring high quality music to our village hall and provide a stage for local talent.  At the same time we wanted to work towards creating a zero carbon village hall. 8 years and over 80 acts later, we have drawn in an audience which now averages nearly 100 in our 120-capacity hall.  We have supported hall improvements so that we now have double glazing, better insulation, renewed wiring and a new efficient boiler.  The events are renowned for their high quality music and the unique, warm and friendly atmosphere.  We really do put on THE BEST SMALL GIGS IN THE WORLD!

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Letham Village Hall, Fife is on the A92 just 15 minutes from the Tay Bridge, 10 minutes from Cupar and 15 from Glenrothes.

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