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 & chips bluegrass, the Coal Porters have expanded their music with broad strokes and fearless execution.” Chris Hillman (Byrds/Flying Burrito Bros)
"...the fantastic spirit and great music of the Coal Porters...featuring Sid Griffin, a man of many parts, some of them still working..." Bob Harris (BBC Radio 2)
The Coal Porters are an exciting and dynamic acoustic folk/bluegrass combo featuring:
Kerenza Peacock – fiddle and vocals
Paul Fitzgerald - banjo and vocals
Sid Griffin - vocals, mandolin, harmonica and autoharp
Tali Trow - bass
Neil Robert Herd -guitar and vocals
The Coal Porters claim to be the world’s first “alt-bluegrass” act, demonstrating 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 being 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 have five albums available. Their most recent, Find The One, was produced by folk-rock legend John Wood, producer of Fairport Convention, Nick Drake, Squeeze and Beth Orton.
The Coal Porters release their new album in Spring 2015 in plenty of time for the festival season.
“Great harmony singing and memorable songs that often recall a British Flying Burrito Brothers or a back porch Ronnie Lane” MOJO ****
“The Coal Porters…a feast of highly crafted ensemble playing with the odd virtuoso turn.” UNCUT ****