Sheesham Lotus and Son

Sheesham Lotus and Son
The Bowerhouse, Warwick Place, Maidstone, ME16 8SG
Famously referred to as “Mississippi Sheiks meet Doctor Seuss as curated by HG Wells” Sheesham and Lotus & Son have created a sonic and visual presentation of old time high stepping music which is completely unique. Fiddle, Banjo and Sousaphone make up the core of this outfit, complimented by Contrabass-Harmoniphonium, Harmonicas, and Jaw Harps, Bones and BuckDance, with great sibling harmonies.
The show has its roots in the Vaudeville and Juke Joints of the American South, where Mississippi Riverfolk meet the Appalachian Highlanders; the blues meet he fiddle tunes with a rollicking and full flamed conviviality one might consider outrageous!
Sheesham and Lotus & ‘Son have established themselves as an act that has it all, combining astounding musicianship and fearless grooves with a show that is dynamic and entertaining.
At the invitation of Lorna Fulton and the Lathe Revival Project, Sheesham and Lotus and ‘Son arrived in Skegness on the 29th of June 2015. They spent the next seven days recording songs and tunes on a 1937 Presto 78 rpm recording lathe disccutter, the same machine used by the Lomax family. Each session was followed by a performance in a different town in rural Lincolnshire. The rigorous itinerary kept the band at peak performance ensuring the grooves were cut well and deep. This encounter has culminated in their latest CD release, 78rpm!
 “A delicious brew and all in all a lovely, inspiring and slightly manic treat” –fRoots 
“Catch them if you can” – Cerys Matthews, BBC Radio 6
“The first Americana band in a long time that’s really made me sit up and pay attention”– Mary Ann Kennedy, BBC Radio 3
“A dynamism and energy that injects veteran tunes like KC Moan and Mississippi River Blues with a fresh vitality. The more subtle tunes – Chinquipin and Up The Wooden Hills – are even better” – Songlines “Lovely sepia-tinted music – I absolutely love it!” – Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2
“Incredibly authentic – hugely entertaining!” – American Roots UK
“Riotous fun – if you’re a festival agent book them!”– Americana UK
“It’s brilliant – I just love this!” – Genevieve Tudor, BBC Radio Shropshire
“Riotous dusty string-band epics” – Acoustic magazine
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