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Friday Sept 2nd

  Doors 7pm   8pm Start

£14

Tickets available from





                And

  Rock Bottom Records,

  37  38 Harbour Street,

     Whitstable CT5 1AJ


Front Country




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Don't ask Front Country what kind of music they play. Just listen.

What started as a group of friends playing bluegrass in San Francisco's Mission District has morphed into a touring powerhouse of song and sound, transcending their humble string band roots. Front Country's dynamic instrumental textures take flight with grace and gravitas while rooted in the relentlessly soulful vocals of lead singer-songwriter Melody Walker. Along with mandolinist Adam Roszkiewicz, guitarist Jacob Groopman, violinist Leif Karlstrom and bassist Jeremy Darrow, this quintet has been called "passionately intoxicating" and "orchestral" and Melody's bluesy vocals have been described as "rafter-shaking". Seldom traditional, always original, Front Country's new album Sake of the Sound is out now.


Friday Oct 14th

  Doors 7pm   8pm Start

£14

   Tickets available from





                And

  Rock Bottom Records,

  37  38 Harbour Street,

     Whitstable CT5 1AJ


Sean Taylor Trio





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We’re delighted to welcome Sean back to Whitstable for what is sure to be another sell out session.

Sean is a singer-songwriter from Kilburn, North West London.

''An absolutely superb guitarist ... reminiscent of John Martyn" Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2


Friday Oct 28th

  Doors 7pm   8pm Start

£14

  Tickets available from





                And

  Rock Bottom Records,

  37  38 Harbour Street,

     Whitstable CT5 1AJ


Furnace Mountain





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A welcome return to Whitstable Sessions for this Virginian band.

“They all grew up around Furnace Mountain and seem to have just soaked up all that is best in that gorgeous Appalachian mountain music, from the sublime vocals of  Aimee Curl to the Hendrix of the mandolin, Danny Knicely, who also showed himself to be a spectacularly elastic-legged clog dancer. Fiddle playing (Danny van Deventer), bouzouki (Morgan Morrison), guitar, the incredible mandolin – it was just a showcase of astonishing quality, and that’s before you throw in the wonderful harmonies of Aimee and Morgan for good measure. For a couple of blessed hours a little bit of Kent was transported to some timeless cabin in the mist-capped mountains of Virginia, and no one wanted to leave.” - From the review by Debbie Neech of their last visit to Whitstable.




Friday Nov 18th

  Doors 7pm   8pm Start

£14

   Tickets available from





                And

  Rock Bottom Records,

  37  38 Harbour Street,

     Whitstable CT5 1AJ


Rosie Doonan and Ben Murray






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With Special Guest

Joe Tilston




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Ben last played for us as part of his acclaimed band Tarras Minor. We are delighted to welcome him back to play a session as a duo with Rosie Doonan.

Rosie and Ben are the next generation of the Doonan Family Band. These talented youngsters have their own ideas and a huge amount of musical talent. They sing traditional songs with original arrangements and also write mature and memorable songs.

In their launch year, 2004, they played festivals at Holmfirth, Birdsedge, Broadstairs, Wallingford and Bromyard on stages large and small. Their main concert at Broadstairs Folk Week supporting Dougie McLean and Artisan won them a whole host of new fans with a superb performance.


Joe's music echoes years of influence from his upbringing in and around the English folk scene, with a fresh twist and energy provided by his own venture into punk over the last decade as a member of Random Hand.


Friday Dec 2nd

  Doors 7pm   8pm Start

£14

   Tickets available from





                And

  Rock Bottom Records,

  37  38 Harbour Street,

     Whitstable CT5 1AJ



The Bimble Brothers





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Ma Polaine’s Great Decline





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Two for the price of one !

We’re thrilled to welcome back two firm Sessions favourites for our early Christmas present.

The Bimble brothers played earlier this year - “…the brilliant Bimble Brothers played a lovely mix of their own material, blues and old-time American songs”. (Kentish Gazzette)




Ma Polaine’s Great Decline played for us last Christmas. - “"an utterly compelling soundscape", “sounds like a young Billie Holiday gate-crashing a Tom Waits Swordfishtrombones recording session”. (Northern Sky Magazine)

Details of our forthcoming sessions are listed below with links to the artists’ websites.

All sessions are upstairs at The Royal Native Oyster Stores Whitstable.