Merry Hell set for South Lakes headline date

12 September 2017 5:31PM

NORTH West folk circuit favourites Merry Hell bring their lauded live show to the South Lakes next weekend.

The Wigan-based outfit have been playing live for around seven years, and have found a lot of success of late, including being nominated in the Best Band category of the 2017 Folking Awards.

On Saturday September 23, the eight-piece outfit appear at the Brewery Arts Centre, in Kendal, having appeared a number of times in the county at events such as Music on the Marr.

Having released their fourth album, Bloodlines, last year - their first to feature vocals from all eight members - they have established themselves further afield, playing festivals across the UK throughout 2017.

They recently launched the Come On England! EP, with the title track drawn from the Bloodlines album. The song is a folk rock call to arms in response to the rising tide of homegrown nationalism and fascism.

In Kendal, you can still expect to hear Merry Hell favourites, including This Time, Let's Not Have A Morning After, Bury Me Naked, Drunken Serenade and Finest Hour, which always inspire a sing-along.

As well as their stirring anthems, Merry Hell also have a quieter, more introspective side with songs such as the touching Emerald Green, I Never Loved Anybody Like I Love You and Lean On Me Love.

The band consists of the three Kettle brothers, John Kettle (guitar), Bob Kettle (mandolin, harmonica), and Andrew Kettle (vocals), joined by John’s wife, Virginia Kettle, who brings both acoustic guitar and the perfect vocal foil to Andrew’s gravelly delivery to complete the Kettle quaternary.

Former Tansads member Lee Goulding on keyboards, drummer Andy Jones, bassist Nick Davies, and violinist Neil McCartney complete the line-up.

The show in Kendal starts at 7.30pm, and tickets are available from the venue's box office.

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