Ballroom all those many moons ago? You don't? Well just pretend that you did ok? That was the first Dirty Linen night, and it is now an official annual event!
Green Diesel, Dirty Linen is a roaming folk night where a plethora of folk bands from all over the genre spectrum come together for a night of fabulous, foot twitching musical energy. It was the Bank Holiday weekend. It was a Thursday night. There was no work (for most of us) until the following Tuesday. It was time to let our hair down!
The Chimney Boys, the 'finest satanic maritime cabaret band in East Kent'. I'll be honest, I'm not sure how many satanic maritime cabaret bands there are in Kent, or in the UK generally speaking, but that is neither here nor there. They are a dark folk band, eerie and mysterious and listening to them framed by the bleeding portraits behind them was an absolute pleasure. There is a gothic undertone to their folk music, it's the heart of a dark, Victorian funfair.
Green Diesel are a lot more rocky than some of the other folk bands and yet still maintain a traditional air. They blend ancient, almost forgotten melodies with modern original songs to create a sound that is hauntingly familiar to the ear and yet still fresh. They even starred on the BBC 4 drama Southcliffe and wrote a jig specifically for the show.
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