Flats and Sharps

VILLAGE STAGE
Supported by Isle of Man Arts Council

Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th May

Organisers of Isle of Man Cyclefest presented by Isle of Man Bank are delighted to have secured one of UK roots music’s most brilliant and sought after live acts. Appearing both days on the PokerStars Main Stage, Flats and Sharps are five brilliant musicians who bring some truly incredible skills honed in hundreds of performances over five years – charming and wowing audiences along the way with their beautifully constructed songs as well as fast and furious takes of Bluegrass classics.

Based in the alternative music melting pot of Cornwall, the young group marry several genres, simultaneously blurring the lines between Bluegrass, Folk, Country and Pop. It’s a heady concoction that’s paying dividends as the group increasingly gain recognition for scintillating live shows as well as their distinctive brand of song writing.

Based in the alternative music melting pot of Cornwall, the young group marry several genres, simultaneously blurring the lines between Bluegrass, Folk, Country and Pop. It’s a heady concoction that’s paying dividends as the group increasingly gain recognition for scintillating live shows as well as their distinctive brand of song writing.

Their 2015 five track EP ‘Always There’, drew critical acclaim, but it was with the release of their debut album in 2016 that really elevated the group to the status of established artists. The group’s long-player, ‘King of My Mind’, is masterfully produced by David McEwan (Plan B) and it’s a record that expertly showcases the band’s many facets as well as their dizzying array of musical armoury.

However, whilst each of the members show impressive solo credentials, it is perhaps their maturity as songwriters that really sets them apart as the band offer us a dozen brilliant self-penned songs. Flats and Sharps also display a keen ear for an interesting cover, and on their debut alone they present a mini history of American music with perfect Bluegrass readings of songs by Goffin and King, Gillian Welch and Jesse Fuller. From Cornwall to Kentucky and beyond, here’s a band that see far beyond these shores and their own roots.

“Effortlessly entertaining …sublime five part harmonies …the pace of their performance is breath-taking. I recommend seeing Flats and Sharps at the earliest opportunity. If you can prove your disappointment, I’ll personally send you a cash refund.” – R2 Magazine

Indeed, Flats and Sharps have come a long way from their humble beginnings busking in Penzance as 17 year-olds and today you are just as likely to catch them playing some of the UK’s biggest stages or festivals. The band have already ticked off The Royal Albert Hall, Cambridge Folk Festival, Country 2 Country at the O2 and Proms in Hyde Park – the latter recorded for later broadcast on the Bob Harris Country show on BBC Radio 2.

TICKETS

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