Red Dirt


Saturday 12th August 2017



The Barley Mow
32 Bathwick Street


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.