Smash Magazine has announced that English folk group, fresh off the Flogging Molly tour, Skinny Lister will perform on April 13 at downtown’s newest entertainment venue Backstage Bar & Billiards.
Tickets for Skinny Lister are $8 in advance and $10 day of show, plus applicable fees. This is a 21+ show. Tickets for all concerts at Backstage Bar & Billiards available through Ticketfly.com.
Skinny Lister are not your average, modern day, gentrified English folk group. Fronted by Dan Heptinstall and Lorna Thomas; a vocalist with a lusty cackle and flirtatious presence, the London based five-piece hail from across England. Borrowing the nickname from the Lister family, pioneers in the use of anesthetic, the band have grown naturally and organically over the past two years. Yorkshire born songwriter Heptinstall, Lorna’s older brother Max, and long-time shanty singer Sam ‘Mule’ Brace, met some time ago at a folk club in London’s Greenwich area. The arrival of Tyneside bassist Dan Gray and the naturally exuberant Lorna lifted them into another realm.
Up on their stomping feet and clicking their heels, the Skinny Lister sound took hold as Heptinstall’s perceptive ballads and folkie idylls were boosted by an eruption of a rambunctious free spirited rum fueled party music. Soon the Skinny Lister sound was charging down the nation’s canals and waterways, bursting into spontaneous song in pubs and clubs, and kicking up a summer frenzy at numerous festivals. More than 30 festivals in fact, a nonstop work rate that saw them acknowledged and awarded by PRS as the Hardest Working Band of summer 2011.
Their allure is immediate – at a time when modern homegrown folk music often spells designer bearded, theme park Americanization, Skinny Lister are a welcome throwback to earthier bands. Their musical blend has something of The Pogues’ infectious camaraderie and jovial recklessness combined with the bucolic English landscape of Alfred Wainwright’s fell walking guides.
Now, captured by producer David Wrench (Bat for Lashes, James Yorkston) on debut album Forge & Flagon, the band’s distinctive qualities make their mark. Titled after a homemade pub ran by Lorna and Max’s family friends, Forge & Flagon marks Skinny Lister as an outfit who are decidedly more than the sum of their parts. Galvanized by months of road action, they transform traditional and contemporary influence into a singular sound.
In an era when singing a song in a pub can get you thrown out for rowdiness, Skinny Lister are a joyful reassertion of community principles. Skinny Lister the stand-apart folk band – not afraid to match sensitivity with a high kicking free for all.
Backstage Bar & Billiards – also known as Triple B – opened in late 2012, expanding the entertainment offerings of the Fremont East district of downtown Las Vegas with its cool bar, multiple billiards tables and live entertainment. Backstage Bar & Billiards is located at 601 E. Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas, Nevada. For venue information, visit www.backstagebarandbilliards.com.