Red Dirt have appeared in many guises over the years, the only constant being the unerring talent that is Dorset-based guitarist and singer/songwriter Russell Middleton who, twelve years ago, teamed up with former Devon-based jazz double bassist Ian Turner.
In this time of a somewhat banal and mundane music industry landscape, Red Dirt is, it seems, a rare breed in challenging the corrupt and rotten system, but they consider themselves part of an ever growing movement socially and artistically, outspoken and defiant in the face of a stubborn and deaf mainstream media.
The name Red Dirt could therefore be interpreted as a political badge, a flag of purpose, but in actual fact it comes from the local Devon geology near to where Russell was living at the time – a fertile land, great for growing roots!
Poetic lyrics of profound meaning that address head-on the tainted and corrupt in our society coupled with blatant and sometimes caustic views of life and love result in a unique Nirvana-esque grunge folk genre. The “folksy, rootsy, bluesy, gutsy” musicianship of the band members merge together seamlessly and effortlessly to produce a spine-tingling and thought provoking performance.
This event is organised by The Barley Mow. The Barley Mow dates back to 1840 and is near the centre of Bath.