Hailing from Cornwall, in the South West of England, Flats and Sharps blur the lines between Bluegrass, Folk, Country & Pop, gaining recognition for performing their own highly original songs as well as their renditions of Bluegrass classics. These five incredible young musicians honed their skills in 350 live performances over nearly five years charming and wowing audiences along the way. In 2016 they released their ‘King of My Mind’ album to great critical acclaim (see quotes below) and had 2 songs from their Hyde Park Proms show of 2015 on Radio 2’s Bob Harris Country. Live highlights for the year include Cambridge Folk Festival and many other festivals in the UK and Europe as well as appearances on Sofar Sounds, Balcony TV and a showcase at The SummerTyne Americana Festival at The Sage Gateshead. To cap it all off banjo player Kirk Bowman has been nominated for UK Instrumentalist of the Year by members of The Americana Music Association UK and will find out his fate in February at the Awards and Conference in London where the band are also showcasing Whilst each of the members show impressive solo credentials and their live show is hugely entertaining, it is their maturity as songwriters that really sets them apart and on their album the band recorded a dozen brilliant self-penned songs as well as presenting a mini history of American music with Bluegrass readings of songs by Goffin and King, Gillian Welch and Jesse Fuller. From Cornwall to Kentucky and beyond, here’s a band that see far beyond these shores and their own roots.
Returning from a sell-out Australian tour and a new album under their belt this is one intimate concert not to miss before they hit this year's festival circuit.
“…effortlessly entertaining …sublime five part harmonies …the pace of their performance is breathtaking – I recommend seeing Flats and Sharps at the earliest opportunity. If you can prove your disappointment, I’ll personally send you a cash refund.”
Mark Ellen - R2 Magazine
"The young kings of Cornish Bluegrass kick up a righteous storm of banjo boosted, sweet voiced idealism. A triumph."