Steve ‘N’ Seagulls complete the 2015 London Acoustic Show line-up
Steve ‘N’ Seagulls will bring their unique bluegrass style to the UK for two shows at the 2015 London Acoustic Show. Held at London’s Olympia’s Conference Centre on September 12 and 13, the Finnish bluegrass folksters will appear on both days for two main stage performances and a meet-and-greet to celebrate the release of their debut album Farm Machine.
What became a genuine international phenomenon actually started out on a farm in central Finland; in a barn, to be precise… There, in said barn, a bunch of like-minded countrymen played a rollicking version of AC/DC’s ‘Thunderstruck’ wearing the daftest outfits they could find. They filmed the event, posted the results on YouTube, and within a couple of weeks, the clip had accumulated over five million views. It’s now topped out at 12 million achieving viral notoriety and amassing the band a huge following in the process.
For Steve ‘N’ Seagulls, this was a bolt from the blue, but then, as history shows us, the greatest stories ever told tend to start in a stable, right?
S’N’S comprises an acoustic guitarist/vocalist; a banjo player; a double-bassist; a big dude wearing overalls and a beaver hat playing mandolin/keyboards/accordion/whatever-he-gets-his-hands-on; and a cajon-straddlin’ percussionist – and they have delivered a 13-track album featuring rural riffs and villager vocals, filled to the brim with “hillbillified” versions of immortal heavy metal standards including Iron Maiden’s ‘The Trooper’, Guns N’ Roses’ ‘Paradise City’ and Metallica’s ‘Seek And Destroy’ among others.
As foot-stompingly enjoyable as S’N’S are on record, you haven’t seen anything until you’ve experienced them live. The redneck show tours nonstop, rocking the honky-tonks overseas and soon the halls of London’s Olympia. Let the hillbillification commence in London on September 12 and 13!
Steve ‘N’ Seagulls join Doyle Dykes, Martin Carthy, Antoine Dufour (in association with Ernie Ball Strings), Preston Reed, Leon Hunt, Daniel Ho (in association with Yamaha Music London), Jon Gomm (in association with Fishman and JHS), and Luca Stricagnoli over the acoustic weekender. Tickets are on sale now.