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The Dustbowl Sinners

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About The Dustbowl Sinners

Soulful Americana From London - "The best thing to ever come out of Staines" - Keith Richards
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From the unrelenting windswept plains of Byfleet & New Haw, and the brutal wilderness that is Staines-upon-Thames, comes the musicians' collective known as "The Dustbowl Sinners". The playing of soulful Roots and Americana music most Thursday evenings after tea, has become their only release from the merciless savagery of day to day existence in the abyss of wretchedness that is the North Surrey / South-West Middlesex delta. Formed in the dark winter nights of early 2018, "The Sinners" contribute thusly: Peter Harmer - Banjo, Mandolin and Guitar (the weird banjo kid in "Deliverance" was actually inspired by Peter after the film's writer happened to see Peter busking outside the Worplesdon Co-op back in the mid sixties). Alex Tedesco - Guitar and Preachin' (If it's in Am and didn't quite make the top 40 then Alex probably wrote it). Having served more than 20 years for dealing in counterfeit art, he spent his incarceration wisely and established a neon-sign business servicing drinking establishments round the globe. If you've ever walked into a bar and see a flashing neon sign "Liqueur in the front - Poker in the rear" then you've seen Alex's bar room Magnus-Opus Stefanie Penkey - Accordion and Washboard (poached from a local Bavarian style yodelling choir). A wealth of German folk-lore knowledge, Steffi knows both German jokes. Given the correct number of Mojitos, Steffi makes wistful use of a giant pretzel as a percussive musical instrument. Al Butler - Harmonica (retired session musician - remember the intro from Karma Chameleon?). An aficionado of classic vinyl, Al "The Hat" Butler holds the current world record for the most consecutive 'plays' of "Ragged but Right" at which time he coincidentally broke the world record for the most consecutively consumed pina coladas (273 over 27 hours and integral to the vinyl record). Ed Gallagher - Dobro (Ex Nashville session guy, moved to Staines when the work dried up after the stylophone was replaced by the pedal steel guitar as the primary sustanic country music instrument of choice). Ed has since developed a Pedal-Stylophone, however this remains the "world's most overlooked instrument"... according to Ed at least Ewan Penkey - Double Bass (Played 2nd Cello to Julian Lloyd Webber, then picked up the wrong case at an airport). A pioneering radio DJ (St. Peter's Hospital Radio), Ewan pioneered the radio phone-in format with his triple Grammy award winning show "Penkey's People" which also gave Nicholas Witchell his first 'break' in show business.

Performance details
We can perform outdoors
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
Our equipment is PAT tested
We own a PA system
Americana, Country, Bluegrass, Folk rock, Rockabilly, Acoustic, Vintage
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Event types:
Concert, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Charity event, Recording session, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

Mobile Line
The L&N
White Freight-liner
In Hell I'll Be In Good Company
Old Number 7
Wake Up Sinners
Winter's Bone (Original)
Down The Road
The Only Thing I Own (Original)
I Got Mine
I Hear Them All
If It Hadn't Been For Love
Oh Mary (Don't You Weep)
Tear My Still-House Down
Waiting Round To Die
Bootlegger Blues
Country Heroes
Whiskey In My Whiskey
Precious Lord
Devil's In The Jukebox
Take Me Back
Tell It To Me
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

Our line-up is as follows: Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Banjo, Harmonica, Accordion / Washboard & Double Bass

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

We always try our best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let us know.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Absolutely. This is a really popular request and we actually offer this service for free.

How much time do you need to set up?

We usually set up about 1 to 1.5 hours before the performance time. As soon as our PA is set up we can provide a free playlist service to help set the atmosphere and get your guests ready for our live performance!

Can you roam around while you perform?

To a certain degree. We can perform completely acoustically, or also have a portable, battery-powered PA which can be set up very quickly.

Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?

We are happy to discuss setlist options in detail.

Is all of the equipment (e.g. PA & lighting) included in your quote?

We have a high quality PA system, which is included in the price. Lighting is an option which we can provide at an extra cost.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

If a song isn't included in our song list there may still be a chance we already know it. If there is a special song you'd like us to learn we may be able to do this for you.


Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£750
Up to 2 hours£750
Up to 3 hours£900


From customers:

Performance M, 2 years ago

Excellent band and thoroughly nice folks too!

"Country L, 1 year ago

This band is incredible!

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