‘One band, four highly trained musicians and too many instruments to count’ – (Alicia Crow, Penistone Living)
Crazy Heart is a relatively new band that is making a big impact. So much so, that after a superb evening with them on their first visit to the folk club last June, we immediately booked them again. (Probably a record -fast re-booking for first timers with us!) All four musicians work for Barnsley Music Service but their talents extend far beyond their classically trained expertise and day jobs as music teachers: singer, guitar and tenor sax player, John Fuller, is a member of Johnny and the Prison Didn’t Help Boys; ukulele and mandolin and tenor guitar player, Chris McShane, has played with Yorkshire’s premier ceilidh band – The Rhythm Chaps- for almost 3 decades, and is a founding member of the Rafters Ukelele Club. Accomplished bass player, Duncan Waller, and drummer-cum-keyboard player, Ian Rafferty, complete the line-up which allows Crazy Heart to cover a mind-boggling combination of styles.
Crazy Heart took Penistone by storm at a capacity Cubley Hall on the occasion of the launch of their new EP Auto Twang . A wild night – 4 encores! Surely a similarly lively night is in prospect for us again at The Venue.