Otterton Mill's autumn season of bluegrass, blues and folk concerts

PUBLISHED: 18:30 28 September 2017

The Carrivick Sisters will be back at the Mill on Thursday, October 12. Picture: Contributed

The Carrivick Sisters will be back at the Mill on Thursday, October 12. Picture: Contributed


Otterton Mill's autumn season of Thursday-evening concerts is now in its stride.

Held indoors in the Mill’s restaurant, there’s a welcome return to the venue for the Carrivick Sisters and Veronica Sbergia and Max de Bernardi, along with two newcomers, 
Hollie Rogers and Rodney Branigan.

This evening (September 28), it’s the turn of Cornwall-based Hollie Rogers. According to the Mill, the ‘young singer/songwriter has raw talent that belies her years’. Possessing ‘an incredibly powerful voice and songwriting ability’, she’s been compared to Carole King and Joni Mitchell by Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason.

On October 12, the Carrivick Sisters are back at the Mill.

One of the country’s top young bluegrass/folk duos, sisters Laura and Charlotte hail from South Devon. Much of their original material is inspired by the rich folk lore, history and surroundings of their home county and it’s these English influences that give their music a unique sound. Their tight sibling vocal harmonies and multi-instrumental virtuosity on guitar, mandolin, fiddle, dobro and clawhammer banjo create music that is lush, elegant, graceful and utterly engaging.

Texas-raised Londoner Rodney Branigan is at the venue on October 26. Often compared to Jeff Buckley, he combines extraordinary multi-instrumental skills with heartfelt lyrics and a rich soulful voice. You can expect a fusion of organic progressive folk with undertones of rock, flamenco, classical, bluegrass and jazz.

On November 9, Veronica Sbergia and Max De Bernardi return to the Mill. This exciting Italian duo – winners of The European Blues Challenge 2013 – play ukulele, washboard, kazoo, guitars and mandolin. They sing and play with passion and humour, keeping a musical heritage alive by reproducing its original sound, but with a modern twist. Expect songs from Big Bill Broonzy, Memphis Minnie, Jimmie Rodgers, Sidney Bechet, Lucille Bogan, Bo Carter, the Delmore Brothers and more.

Music-goers can enjoy seasonal food between 6pm to 7.30pm, and music starts at 8pm. Tickets can be booked by calling 01395 568521, or by visiting the Mill Shop in the main Mill building.

All tickets for gigs are £15 per person. This price covers music ticket only.

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