A BAND that has appeared at just about every major festival in the UK, Virginian live wires The Hot Seats, will be wowing a packed house at Portsoy's Salmon Bothy on Saturday evening (July 26).
The five-piece band, which will be one of the main attractions at this year's Summertyne Americana Festival at The Sage in Gateshead, will be showcasing material from a brand new recently released album – their eighth long-player.
The Hot Seats have been lauded following performances at big events such as Celtic Connections, Didmarton Bluegrass Festival, Maverick Festival, HebCeltFest and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where they picked up the biggest accolade possible – a Herald Angel – for their sell-out run at The Famous Spiegeltent.
They were praised at last year's Shetland Folk Festival for their fiery brand of Appalachian old-time mixed with left-of-centre bluegrass and a sprinkling of their own compositions is a heady blend.
Combining bluegrass, the band-driven rhythm of old-time, the jerky bounce of ragtime, and the swagger of good old rock and roll.
Frontman Josh Bearman, a multi-instrumentalist, like several of his sidekicks, said they are delighted to be heading back to Portsoy.
"It's great to play on the big festival stages, but we love it too, whenever we get a chance to take our music into the more intimate performance venues," he said.
"We are playing at three UK festivals this year, as well as returning to some smaller halls, so the balance is just how we like it."