Red Dirt Skinners a ‘hit’ at Craigmore BC

The Red Dirt Skinners in action on Saturday night. (Photo credit: John Williams).
The Red Dirt Skinners in action on Saturday night. (Photo credit: John Williams).

From their very first number at Craigmore Bowling Club on Saturday night, the Red Dirt Skinners had the Transclyde Music audience in the palms of their hands.

This amazing duo sang and played their hearts out with an eclectic mix of musical genres from Country to jazz, blues to folk and beyond.

Skinner is the surname of Rob and Sarah; the Red Dirt part comes from a Kentucky musical style which covers just about every type of music there is on the planet, but one that comes closest to describing the type of music they love to play.

Sarah has been nominated as Blues Musician of the Year for her wonderful soprano sax playing, an award she also won last year. In addition to that, the couple are finalists in the Country Music Awards and Blues Music Awards.

Most of their set was self-penned but there were some very clever cover versions of ‘Got my Mojo Working’, ‘Forever Young’ and Davie Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’. Throughout the set Sarah complemented Rob’s strong, confident vocals and his extremely proficient guitar playing, culminating in a wonderful fusion of great vocals, beautiful guitar and bluesy, jazzy soprano sax. The sound system was set up by Rob himself, expertly controlling every aspect from the ipad equipped digital mixer.

Throughout the evening the audience were captivated and responsive, joining in on choruses and applauding loudly. There are some lovely responses on Facebook following this concert. The Red Dirt Skinners went away from Bute at least as happy as the audience, and they are already looking forward to returning soon.

Earlier in the evening support was provided by local artist Hugh Mitchell, who delighted the audience with his humour and a wide range of songs, including some from The Incredible String Band, Richard Thompson and ending with a version of The Who’s ‘Substitute’. It was a great start to a wonderful night of music. Thank you Hugh!

The next Transclyde Music gig will be Nick Harper who will be at the Craigmore on Saturday 15th August. Nick is another popular visitor to Bute and is a human dynamo on stage. Another night not to be missed. Thank you to all who came along on Saturday and, as always, thank you for your support and lovely positive comments.

Get your tickets for Nick Harper early to avoid disappointment from Musicker or Macqueen’s Butchers.