Quartet sprinkles its bluegrass dust

The Banjo Lounge 4
The Banjo Lounge 4
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REVELLERS can catch The Banjo Lounge 4 when they sprinkle their own brand of bluegrass dust over classics from across the decades, in their forthcoming gigs in Whitby.

With the four members coming from musical backgrounds that include funk, bluegrass, folk, ska, latin and pop they have the most eclectic and diverse blend of influences on the live music scene in Scotland today.

Since its inception in 2007, The Banjo Lounge 4 have been honing their sound by playing upwards of 70 shows ranging from the Wickerman, Insider and Kelburn Festivals, film and theatre award parties, the old Marquee club in Soho and castles in Perthshire, along with many others.

All four band members are involved in other musical projects - Pat McGarvey is also founder member of bluegrass exponents Southern Tenant Folk Union.

The remaining band members have a somewhat eclectic musical history including working with artists such as The Noisettes, The Wanted and The Sugarbabes.

The band line-up comprises five string banjo, guitar, double bass, percussion and feature three part harmonies. They have a very eclectic and diverse blend of influences and some say that their versions of classic hits are better than the originals.

Their material ranges from Louis Prima and Michael Jackson to Panjabi MC and a ska version of Mr Brightside by the Killers.

The Guardian described one of their shows at a house cabaret event during the Edinburgh Festival as “impressive”.

“The Banjo Lounge Four give us an impressive rendition of Engelbert Humperdinck’s Quando Quando Quando. We settle on the sofas; our feet start to tap. The drummer is using a suitcase as a bass drum.”

This inventiveness makes me smile... [then we’re] soothed by the Banjo Lounge Four’s cocktail-hour version of Beyoncé’s Crazy in Love.”

The Banjo Lounge 4 live in concert at The Resolution in Skinner Street, Whitby, on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 May, from 8.30pm.

Free entry until full, those booking restaurant tables are guaranteed free entry.