Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Pre-order the new Red River Dialect album Tender Gold and Gentle Blue on LP or CD!


You can now pre-order our new album on lp or cd via our bandcamp page. There will be many more options closer to the release date, which is July 13th, as the album will be distributed to lots of record stores.

Listen to one track via the player below, where you can click through to order a heavyweight vinyl, download or cd. Thanks for your support. David

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Mandola Man

RIP Mr Ralph Settle, my mother Ruth​ just informed me of his passing. He was famous around Truro for his busking sessions on the mandola. People thought it was a banjo, and called him the Banjo Man. During the course of this short film, which I hope a few people will watch, following Ralph five years ago, around the time that I met him, he corrects this mistake: "They can call me the fucking Frankfurter Man if they like." "It's a mandola, it's an octave lower than a mandolin." The film fails to show enough of his playing, which was very lyrical. It also fails to include some of his jokes, which were pretty ripe, and his stories about being stationed in North Africa during WWII, which were concretely troubling and delivered with visceral energy and language. I was regularly shocked out of my expectations of talking with an octogenarian. But it does gather together enough to illuminate a little of his fiery spirit.

He liked to play around with some of the effects on his small amp, and consequently he added a psychy twang to the echoey lanes around the square in front of Truro cathedral. I visited his house once, and hoped to record him playing some of his favourite tunes. I also hoped to entice him to play an opening slot at one of the gigs I was promoting in Penryn at the time, for The Black Twig Pickers​ ​- he seemed uncertain about the idea, and I never really followed it up, which of course feels like a shame in retrospect. Anyhow, something for everyone in this film, and depending on the destination of his spirit, and your own tastes, perhaps he can take up the banjo in the afterlife.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

First show of 2015, and news of new record 'news'

Happy to announce our first gig of 2015! At the lovely Lexington, in London on March 22nd. We are happy to be opening for Cian Nugent, who is an incredible guitar player. Looks like the full five piece will be on stage for this show, a sort of electric banjo, fiddle, piano keys, cello and guitar affair, very much in line with the sound of our new record. WHICH IS FINISHED! There will be some news about that in the coming days.... sounds will follow soon after... In the meantime, please do share this FB event page link or invite people along. The sound at this place is great, and we hope to see you all there. Get yr tickets now! With bells on, like Simon.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/663332247111834/

Ticket link: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/303092

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

A Brighton gig on Friday Nov 21.

Hello Hello,

The first gig we ever played in Brighton was at upstairs at the Fitzherberts. That was me and Simon, fresh from moving out of Cornwall. There were about 9 people there, two of them were Nick Cave and his partner. It was "vibey." And just over 3 years later we are going to play there again. We played a couple of shows at the big place next door, The Dome, as part of Brighton's Great Escape festival, and a Source new music night. Not the best shows we've ever done. So this could be good. We do intend to be real in our feelings, and maybe you can feel them too in a small room. It's easier to be hospitable in a small place that feels like it could be, or have been, a home. That would be the hope. It's a Red River band and also Simon Drinkwater on the bill. Not sure of the order of performance yet, but if you happen to be in Brighton your presence would be warmly welcomed. We will once again be playing songs from forthcoming new album, and a couple oldies.

David x