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The Coal Porters – No. 6

Their new album, No. 6, is produced by John Wood, the legendary British folk-rock mastermind who recorded the classic albums of Fairport Convention, Nick Drake, Beth Orton and Squeeze. No. 6 is a bit of a departure for the Coal Porters as it pushes their musical boundaries further than ever before.The Coal Porters - No. 6

This new album features Kerenza quadruple tracking herself into a string quartet, Andrew on a ukulele, Sid on trusty autoharp and mandolin, both Neil and Paul on dobro, a Byrdsy acoustic 12-string guitar, and very emotional, long, sweet trumpet solo by Cuba’s noted “son y mambo” music virtuoso Eikel Venegas. There has never been music like this before. And already, the album’s opening track, Sid’s “The Day The Last Ramone Died,” is being hailed as a classic (and a much viewed video on YouTube).

Recorded in two creative bursts in late 2014 and in 2015 this is the Coal Porters album which took three years to incubate. Four new Sid songs, three new Neil Bob Herd originals, and Kerenza Peacock contributed her first recorded lead vocal on a very personal song with Play A Tune while also gracing the record with a totally catchy instrumental, Chopping The Garlic. The album goes out on a high note with the band’s warm-hearted cover of the Only Ones’ classic hit Another Girl, Another Planet.

The Coal Porters are an exciting and dynamic bluegrass combo with a DYNAMITE LIVE ACT featuring;
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 and the Coal Porters, a proper band with albums and tours and a fiddle.” – The Guardian, Laura Barton’s Back Page column.

“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

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

“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)

“…the Coal Porters whisk together a hugely listenable cocktail of bluegrass, folk and country…” – Uncut Magazine

“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

“Swell picking, sweet vocals, strong tunes…a bucketful of tradition” – Time Out

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The Coal Porters playing live circa 2015

The Coal Porters playing live circa 2015. Photo by Keith Belcher


Formed in Los Angeles during the last century, as so many things were, the Coal Porters were originally an electric act centred around ex-Long Ryder Sid Griffin, author of the Long Ryders 1985 hit single “Looking For Lewis And Clark”. Read on…

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