The Orange Tree set for Americano show

PUBLISHED: 16:15 01 March 2019

Americano will be taking the stage at The Orange Tree in Baldock. Picture: S H Photography

Americano will be taking the stage at The Orange Tree in Baldock. Picture: S H Photography

Susie Hewson Photography

Meet the members of folk band Americano, ahead of their performance as part of the Baldock & Letchworth Blues, Folks and Roots final event at The Orange Tree on March 20.

Americano play songs from the great American back catalogue inspired by folk, country, old time and contemporary music from the 1930s onwards.

Al Hewson – vocals, guitar and percussion – has performed to thousands on national radio, at festivals and in the most intimate of venues in every county in England and Scotland.

Al has a passion for singing and his first live BBC radio broadcast was his award-winning song The Children in 1983.

He has fronted several bands including Anglo/Celtic folk band, Tam Lin.

In 2007, he embarked on a solo voice and guitar project as John E Cash – playing his first gig at Broadstairs Folk Week on the Kent coast. He was invited back the following year and he formed Americano to further develop his love of Americana.

Viv Lucas - vocals, guitar, harmonica and percussion – learned the guitar at school. As a teenager, he went on to play bass in a progressive rock band called Fool’s Errand.

A medical career and family life sidelined his musical ambition for a while and he emerged again some years later to play an acoustic tribute to Neil Young, performing in various pubs in Hertfordshire, fundraising concerts at the Letchworth Arts Centre and further afield at the Cottingham Springboard Festival in Hull.

Bob Smithson - vocals, upright bass and guitar – grew up in a musical household filled with varying genres of music, including gospel.

He first picked up a guitar after hearing the Beatles and has played in a variety of bands. His influences include James Taylor, Crosby Stills and Nash and Lee Sklar.

For 20 years he has been guitarist and vocalist with the popular bluegrass band Buffalo, playing festivals and clubs around the UK including Edale, Mickleham, The Stables and Union Chapel.

Gary Fletcher of The Blues Band said of Americano: “Excellent – loved the voices and the harmonies, your version of the song Wayfarin’ Stranger, which I thought was great, is now on my phone.”

Americano will perform on Wednesday, March 20. Doors open from 8pm, entry is free and a collection will be taken for the band.

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