Modern day blues poet at folk club

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MONTROSE Folk Club will present an evening of Blues and Americana music next Tuesday evening in the Links Hotel, Montrose when the guest will be Malcolm Holcombe.

This will be only a second appearance in Scotland by Malcolm following upon his gig at Celtic Connections in Glasgow in 2010. He will be performing at Montrose Folk Club as part of a two month long tour of the UK, Ireland, Holland, Germany and Italy.

Malcolm Holcombe is an old-fashioned southern-American troubadour. His rugged weathered face is complimented by long hair and killer sideburns. He sounds just as he looks, singing with a gruff voice that could plough the tobacco fields of his native North Carolina.

His music is in the American Folk Tradition of Townes van Zandt and Levon Helm, a rich seam of Country Blues, that can be traced back to Johnny Cash and beyond.

In fact, on his most recent album release, entitled “To Drink The Rain”, one of the accompanying musicians is upright Bass player Dave Roe, who was a member of the final version of the Johnny Cash Band. To Drink The Rain is the eighth Album released by Malcolm Holcombe.

The new album continues to mine the vein of confident, rootsy raw Americana that Malcolm Holcombe instigated about five years ago after returning to a full-time career in music following a temporary hiatus, whilst he battled alcoholism and other demons. The title track of To Drink The Rain is a pounding, measured Blues, where Holcombe channels Screamin’Jay Hawkins to irresistible effect, his howls and hollers driving the thumping beat to a gospel-tinged climax that makes the most perfect sense of his ancient curio of a voice.

Everyone who enjoys Blues, Americana and Modern-Roots music should pay a visit to the Links Hotel next Tuesday to hear a performer who has been described by none other than Lucinda Williams as a modern-day Blues Poet.

Malcolm Holcombe will be on stage at 8pm, with the doors open at 7.30pm.