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Cairde Sligo Arts Festival & Hawk’s Well Theatre

The California Feetwarmers

Masters of ragtime, Dixieland blues and early swing, this Los Angeles based seven-piece are renowned for an earthy depth of character that sets them apart from others who have followed that throwback path to New Orleans, circa 1920. Their boisterous on-stage antics are solidly underpinned by playing that is as close to the source as it can be.

Recognised as one of the hottest bands playing out of one of America’s steamiest States, The California Feetwarmers return to Europe for appearances at a string of summer festivals.

This follows a super-successful run at big outdoor events in 2017 when they wowed the crowds in Switzerland, Italy, Scotland and Ireland.Since then, the Los Angeles-based 7-piece has continued to impress on both sides of the Atlantic and gathered praise from some of the biggest names in the biz.

When they headlined at Herb Alpert’s nightclub in Beverly Hills, where Hollywood’s A-list go to have themselves some fun, Sir Tom Jones enjoyed the show so much he declared himself a fan, told them to head for London and said: “Just tell them Tom Jones sent you!”

This is the band that Keb’ Mo’ sought out to provide an air of authenticity when he recorded his latest album, Blues Americana. The collaboration won them a Grammy-nomination in the Best American Roots Performance category. Based in Los Angeles, they stylishly down and re-work old classics, re-visiting material from The Blue Ridge Playboys, Scott Joplin, The Memphis Jugband and Emile Grimshaw’s Rag Pickers. Last year they played to 1,000 revellers when they sold out Glasgow’s Old Fruit Market during the city’s Celtic Connections Festival.

For a night of upbeat, uplifting music from the Deep South, this will be an unmissable event.

“Enough spark to raise the dead!” – Folkworld

“Should be on prescription for those who need their spirits lifted!” - AmericanRootsUK