THE GUESTS at Montrose Folk Club on Friday, October 19, in the Links Hotel, Montrose, are The Johnstown Flood.
For the next two fortnights, the club breaks out of its normal Tuesday sequence to present concerts on Friday evenings with the appearance of The Johnstown Flood this Friday, followed a fortnight later by a performance by the award-winning English band, Pilgrims Way on Friday, November 2.
The Johnstown Flood was one of the big successes of the 2012 Montrose Music Festival. As a result of the feedback received, they have invited back to Montrose by the folk club to play a longer set in a concert setting.
The Johnstown Flood is the brainchild and pseudonym of Dunfermline based singer/songwriter, Stuart Bell. As a solo artist, Stuart has regularly played sell-out shows in his own town and further afield, building up a loyal following. The line up of The Johnstown Flood for their appearance at Montrose will be Stuart on vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica and mandolin, Jonathan Cairney on vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar and bass guitar, with Scott Burrell on percussion.
Their performances feature songs and music that range from the heartfelt and tender through to foot stomping and raucous. The vibe of their performances is relaxed, loose and enjoyable with elements of country, folk and Americana. The major touchstones for the sounds of The Johnstown Flood are the likes of Tom Waits, Johnny Cash, Michael Marra and Bruce Springsteen (from his solo performances and Seeger Sessions era).
All their songs are delivered with a distinctive dose of East Coast of Scotland realism, since much of the material is penned by Stuart Bell himself. However, the band will also feature a number of re-worked covers from contemporary songwriters ranging from the likes of Deacon Blue to Ray LaMontagne.
Everyone is welcome at Montrose Folk Club this Friday. Doors at the Links Hotel open at 7.30 p.m. with The Johnstown Flood on stage at 8 p.m.