‘Kennet delta riverbilly’ band Dolly and the Clothespegs will be celebrating their tenth year with a one night special at the South Street Arts Centre on 25 November.

Dolly and the Clothespegs formed in 2007 with four members. This swelled to a dozen, picking up banjos, mandolins, fiddles and washboards en route. The line-up has changed many times over the past ten years and about 30 people can claim to have been a Clothespeg, most of whom will be taking the stage this November.

“It’s a boisterous, fun loving, over-excitable middle child of a band,” said band member Sarah Lambert-Gates. “We may not have made any albums but we’ve got several marriages, umpteen kids and about 100 songs to our story, and most importantly, we have supported Chas ‘n’ Dave.”

Their repertoire includes entries from Alan Lomax’s folk music archives as well as other folk and country classics, together with self-penned tunes and the odd song or two from an unlikely artist or genre. Over the years they’ve played with The Mekons, the Coal Porters, Nick Harper and Otway & Barrett.

A Decade of Dolly and the Clothespegs is at South Street Arts Centre on Saturday 25 November at 8pm. Tickets cost £12 in advance or £15 on the door.

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