The Speedgums at Sunset Sessions
Live on 2nd July 2022 - The Speedgums are a high energy and soulful three-piece band from Hay-on-Wye consisting of double bass, banjo, ukulele, trumpet, flute, harmonica and kazoo. They play mostly Americana and old-time songs from the 20s and 30s, country, blues and jazz.
On stand-up bass, vocals and kazoo is Rich. When starting the Speedgums, Rich and Brad had no particular style in mind, other than bass and ukulele sounded good together.
On five and four string banjos is Brad, also playing ukulele and acoustic guitar. Brad plays a mix of styles from Ole Time to Claw Hammer. He started listening to Hank Williams on the radio as a child, and just always loved that country style. He really likes writing tunes for the group which flow - maybe something to do with having a famous Irish Harpist as an ancestor.
Coming from an Irish traditional background, Thomasin plays cornet, harps, washboard and flutes. She also sings.
The band all write songs based on their own experiences. Thomasin wrote "Travellin' Girl" which is about when the band travelled around for a year, doing gigs and staying in their camper van. Rich's bass playing is the rhythmic beat behind the vocals.
The band choose songs from the 1920s to cover, "St. James Infirmary" and "Root Hog or Die". These songs are cheeky and irreverent. All this adds up to an unprecedented mix of "in the moment songs and tunes".
No need to book - just turn up for this free gig! To book an overnight stay, visit YHA Treyarnon Bay.
What makes it special
- Live music
- Free entry
- Open to all
Date and times
Saturday 2nd July 2022, with live music from 19:00 - 21:00
Food served all day and bar open late
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