The grass roots

Will Scott
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TAKE four girls, oodles of talent and a boatload of showmanship.

And you have Canada’s latest roots sensation, Oh My Darling.

Oh My Darling

Oh My Darling

The band, which arrives in Sheffield next Tuesday, mix bluegrass and Appalachian old time with southern twang and Franco-folk to create a truly infectious sound.

Individually, they are known as some of the hottest players on the Canadian roots scene.

They specialise in claw-hammer banjo, fiddle, guitar and bass.

And all four have great voices and when combined, it shows that there really is strength in numbers! While always keeping an eye on the roots of their music, they have a catalogue of self-penned numbers which set the band apart.

They got their first gig at the Festival du Voyageur in Winnipeg. Scrambling to come up with a name for their first gig, they took on the name Fill’d’Riel (daughters of Riel), which celebrated the bands Métis heritage.

After the festival was over, the girls went back to the drawing board and the name Oh My Darling emerged from the rubble of crumpled scraps of paper, baby name books, animal encyclopedias and tune lists.

Self-titled debut EP was released in 2009 and earned a Western Canadian Music Award for Best Roots Album.

Last year they recorded their first full-length album with renowned producer Lloyd Peterson, In the Lonesome Hours, which received a WCMA nomination.

Oh My Darling, with support from King Courgette, are at the Greystones, Greystones Road, Sheffield, next Tuesday.

The same venue is hosting another trans-Atlantic troubador on Sunday when Will Scott takes to the Greystones stage.

Scott blends blues and Americana with a dash of rock and outlaw country. His acclaimed recordings have made critics and fans sit up and take notice.

He was brought up in a musical family tradition, surrounded by blues, bluegrass, traditional country, jazz, and rock and roll. Support for Will comes from David Gibb and The Pony Club. David is a young acoustic folk artist from Derbyshire whose music has been described as modern English folk pop. He will be joined by Elly Lucas on fiddle, Julian Butt on accordion, Ben Dew on percussion and Sam Jordan on bass.

BOO Hewerdine will be at the Rock@Matlby, Blyth Road, Maltby tonight. Next Friday’s guest is Scots singer-songwriter Michael Mara. His finely crafted songs offer an insight into human behaviour tinged with dark humour. He is one of Scotland’s most prolific songwriters and a much loved and respected figure. In recent years he has been invited to play in some of the most prestigious venues in the world.