Red Dirt Skinners set to wow Bute audience

The Red Dirt Skinners play live at Craigmore Bowling Club in Rothesay on Saturday, August 1.
The Red Dirt Skinners play live at Craigmore Bowling Club in Rothesay on Saturday, August 1.

Transclyde Music’s programme of live music on Bute resumes after a short summer break when the Red Dirt Skinners take to the stage at Craigmore Bowling Club next Saturday, August 1.

The rule-breaking individuality of the duo - husband-and-wife Rob and Sarah Skinner -has led to them being the first band in history to succeed at both the British Blues Awards, at which they won the Instrumentalist of the Year prize in 2014, and at the British Country Music Awards, at which they were finalists in the Best New Act and People’s Choice awards in 2013.

The band’s music has wide appeal and comfortably blends country, blues, Americana and folk music.

The Red Dirt Skinners’ unique sound can be attributed to Sarah’s wide experience playing classical, folk, ska, blues, jazz and everything in between, and for Rob’s equally diverse musical background as a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist.

Sarah began her musical career as a classical clarinetist at around the age of six, and Rob grew up with many musical influences including a grandmother who taught piano.

They met while playing in a Madness tribute band in 2009, and were encouraged to perform more of their own material during a chance meeting with Lisa-Marie Presley at one of their shows.

The Skinners - who will be supported next Saturday by local artist Hugh Mitchell - were also voted by UK Country Radio as one of the top ten acts of 2014.

Blues in Britain magazine cited their infectious positivity, sublime harmonies and exceptional musicianship as behind their roller-coaster rise to being one of the most sought after acts on the British and European country blues scene.

Doors open next Saturday at 7.45pm, and tickets (£10) are available in advance from Musicker in the High Street (tel 502287) and Macqueen’s butchers (502067).

Find out more about Transclyde’s upcoming gigs at Transclyde Music.