Live Music – John Coletta

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The Grog and Gruel is delighted to welcome John Coletta back to Fort William. It’s been a while since we last saw him.

John Coletta is the singer songwriter blamed for the Scottish folkabilly phenomenon “The Humpff Family”.

John’s mandolin playing started in traditional Scottish roots but, after an encounter with Southern States bluegrass and ragtime, has developed into an eclectic and creative style. The blues took the dobro along and he is rarely be seen on stage without his faithful guitar, dobro and mandolin.

He is also one of the few harmonica players to use the standard cross harp to play in the relative minor, giving melodies a haunting, Eastern European sound. He often uses the guitar to harmonise with the harmonica. From their early days John and David Fitzpatrick have formed a strong, balanced and original song-writing partnership, crafting each song as a story (and sometimes more than one) in a nutshell.

After escaping notoriety, retiring to the middle of nowhere and some time spent cultivating his own patch working on solo projects, musical collaborations generated by the release of his latest CD ‘sleekit slivers’ convinced John that working with other interesting musicians was worth another shot. With the Humpff and alone he has had numerous TV and Radio slots all over the world. He has Played Celtic Connections, Belladrum, T-in the Park and festivals in Strathaven, Stonehaven, Partick, Strathpeffer, Fort William, Girvin, Ayr, Arran, Aberdeen, Orkney, Shetland, Barra, Newcastle, Pointon, St Nazair, Eindhoven, L’orion, Englemunster, Haugesund, Tondor, Aalborg, Shrewsbury, Gloucester, Bath, even Shetland on a few occasions! After ‘In the Family Way’ (1989), ‘Fathers’ (1992) and ‘Mothers’ (1994), he has released a solo CD “…living in hope…” (2007), and ‘sleekit sliver’ (2014) with his first band in a decade, which has been well received with much airplay.

Discover more with the Humpff Family Revival.

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  • From: 14th September 2017 12:00 am

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