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“Great live. Just Brilliant.”
– Bob Harris // Radio2
“The best live band on the scene at the moment.”
– Cerys Matthews // BBC6 Music
“Hugely engaging live performance”
Paul Sexton // The Sunday Times
“Besides the infectious joy they exude while playing, their understanding of the music is so deep as to make it sound effortless.”
– Alex Petropoulos // Songlines Magazine
It’s a classic tale of how hard work can pay off and CC Smugglers have definitely been working hard. Their reputation as “The best live band on the scene” (Cerys Matthews, BBC 6 Music) was originally established by busking outside every UK tour date of the ‘two-time Grammy award winning’ US Country musicians Old Crow Medicine Show. After the old-time country legends caught the Bedfordshire boys’ “hugely engaging live performance” (The Sunday Times) on the street, the platinum-selling Old Crow Medicine Show members refused to leave CC Smugglers playing outside and completed the tour by sharing the stage, side by side, at sold out venues including Shepherds Bush Empire and HMV Manchester Ritz.
Fast forward to Summer 2015 and CC Smugglers have just had the summer of their lives, sold out venues across the UK, festival performances across Europe including 8000 people in Rock Werchter Festival Belgium, dancing in circle pit, a secret headline slot at Cambridge Folk Festival, main stage performances at Cornbury, Beautiful Days, Y Not Festival, Rhythms of The World and Wilderness Festival and releasing their debut EP ‘ Write What You Know’.
CC Smugglers are currently writing new music set for release early 2016 and are eager to hit the road with their brand new record. Front-man and songwriter Richie Prynne reflects: “Showmanship and really good music invariably speaks way beyond any genre. We play good, original music with inspiration plucked from the rhythms and instrumentation that inspired most of today’s modern music. We like to think most people connect with that in some way.”
2015 Video Highlights
Lydia at Rock Werchter , Belgium https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRDtYQQseiI
Working Man for Bob Harris, Cornbury Festival https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCKW3jtkj_8
Lydia at Cambridge Folk Festival https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wz0sbYLE0Lg
Festivals including Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk Festival, Secret Garden Party, Cornbury, Wilderness, Y Not Festival, Rock Werchter, Shambala Festival, Cambridge Big Weekend, Beautiful Days, Down The Rabbit Hole, Lowlands, Isle of Wight and more.
National Tours supporting Old Crow Medicine Show, Special guests for Della Mae, Hermitage Green. Sold out UK dates including Borderline, Portland Arms, Bear Club and more.
National Radio Highlights
Sessions and plays on BBC R2, 6MUSIC and support from BBC Introducing
October 15 Received 2 NMG Awards – Pride of Cambridge & Best Folk Roots Artist