Pokey LaFarge

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  • 21 August 2009

This article is from 2009.

Hitlist: Festival music

Being totally honest, it was the tremendous name that first caught our eye with Mr LaFarge, but when you hear the ragged glories he knocks out on his acoustic six-string you know there’s more than just showbiz glitz to this critter. Like all genii, there a little bit of madness in there too, and when the Missouri Riverfront Times said he sung like ‘a transgendered punk Bessie Smith’ it only told half the story. LaFarge is a sweet singer, sure, but he’s also a dextrous instrumentalist – harmonica, guitar, banjo and kazoo all take a beating – and throws out a timeless sound that could date from any time in the last 80 years. Go be delighted.

Acoustic Music Centre@St Bride’s, 346 1405, 28 & 29 Aug, 5pm, £10 (£8).

Martha Scanlan and Pokey LaFarge

Old school mountain bluegrass and vintage blues from this double bill of artists from Minnesota and Kentucky respectively.

Pokey LaFarge

Former Hackensaw Boy at the crossroads where Blind Blake, Bessie Smith, Lightnin' Hopkins, Townes Van Zandt intersect. 'Music that sounds as if it emerged through a time machine built in a ragtime scrapyard. A new-deal primitive' (Mojo). www.pokeylafarge.com


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