Guest blog | Before the Goldrush recommends…

Steve Watson of Before the Goldrush runs down this week’s stellar line up.

Hello FFSers!

Before The Gold Rush makes its debut in a new venue tonight, The Sebright Arms close to Bethnal Green and Hoxton. We’ll be joining other renowned promoters at the venue such as Communion, Pull Up The Roots and Live Nation. Tonight we’re joining force with Under The Influence, another top night known for their events where performers play a mixture of their own material and covers from a chosen band or artist. The theme will, of course, be folk/Americana greats. We’ve had a sneak preview of the covers the performers will be breaking out, and if you like The Band, Neil Young, and you’re a fan of the movie Oh Brother Where Art Thou, then you’re in for a treat! We hope you’ll join us. Here’s more about the bands we have performing…

Suburban Dirts are a trailer trash folk blues band with hints of Americana. “A white knuckle rollercoaster ride that offers glimpses of Johnny Cash, Jack White, Bob Dylan, Leadbelly, Ryan Adams – real deals with nowt taken out” – Fatea Magazine

Blind Atlas’s songs range from whisky-soaked blues with an alt country vibe to a melancholic mix of indie folk, Americana and rock, with guitars that gently weep one minute and howl the next. File under Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Calexico and the Grateful Dead.

Simon Stanley Ward with his live band, performs his own personal unique blend of Country, Americana and Rock n Roll. His performance combines self deprecation, sincerity and above all fun to give an emotive, energetic performance which can pull at your heart strings yet leave you upbeat and tapping your foot all the way home!

Ghost Town Showdown are one of the UK’s new generation of modern bluegrass/folk bands that blend traditional music with their own contemporary sound. They’re noted for their powerful songwriting, close harmonies and energetic live performances.

Before the Gold Rush: Under The Influence is at The Sebright Arms Aug 29th. Entry £5/£6. 31-35 Coate St, London E2 9AG. 7.30pm till late. For advance tickets please visit