Join us for an evening of sizzling musicianship from Grant Gordy (USA), Ben Somers (UK) and Joe K Walsh (USA). This transatlantic trio bring us their brand of contemporary acoustic music which draws on traditional bluegrass, Americana and a little modern jazz.
Grant Gordy (acoustic guitar) - based in Brooklyn, NY, Grant has spent many hours learning the language of bebop and the standards of jazz, soaking up the high lonesome sound of bluegrass, investigating classical composers like Béla Bartók and Bach and learning the rhythms of Mali alongside African musicians. This wide range contributes to Gordy’s unique and renowned guitar style. He spent six years in the David Grisman Quintet, filling the big shoes of Tony Rice, Mark O’Connor and other legendary musicians.
Ben Somers (double bass/vocals/sax) grew up surrounded by music and playing gigs with his father, professional country musician Steve Somers. Ben began playing the sax at 16 and studied jazz at Middlesex University. Whilst there, he acquired a double bass and immersed himself in bluegrass and folk. In addition to his day job as a busy, in-demand session musician in London, Ben has toured and recorded with many artists including Dr John, Seal, Bruce Molsky and Dirk Powell.
Joe K Walsh (mandolin/vocals) - hailing from Portland, Maine, the “other” Joe Walsh is known for his exceptional tone and taste. Named by CBC as “one of the best mandolinists of his generation”, after a number of years with bluegrass supergroup the Gibson Brothers Joe currently splits his time between the group Mr Sun and a trio with Brittany Haas and Owen Marshall. As well as teaching regularly at music camps across America, he’s also a mandolin instructor at the Berklee College of Music.