On the Road
Two dollar bash are a Berlin-based acoustic folk/country/blues band, originally from Scotland and France. With great original songs, fine musicianship and impressive 3 and 4 part harmonies, the band blends influences from North American folk, blues and country with Celtic and European styles. The members have been playing together in different combinations throughout Europe for the past fifteen years, in a variety of bands including punk, rock, psychedelic and swing as well as the folkier formations, and also simply travelling around, picking up gigs and busking, swapping songs and stories with other musicians along the way. As well as honing their own songwriting and playing skills, this means that the band's repertoire includes many songs from friends, who in turn are singing two dollar bash songs throughout Europe and North America. Since the formation of this incarnation of the band in 2003, two dollar bash has been touring constantly throughout Europe, and has also completed two very successful tours of America. In September 2005 they won the "Rising Legend" award at the 30th Old-time Country and Traditional Music Festival in Missouri Valley, Iowa. In 2006 two dollar bash played at the Mean Fiddler's Latitude Festival in England, and were one of 4 bands from around the world selected to perform at the International Country Night showcase at the Popkomm music industry conference in Berlin. In March 2007, after tours of Ireland, Belgium and Germany, two dollar bash did an extensive tour of the US and Canada which included showcase performances at the prestigious South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas and Canadian Music Week in Toronto. The band has recorded two albums, "Two Dollar Bash" and "On the Road", both of which are released on Berlin label Cannery Row Records. "Two Dollar Bash" will be released in the UK in June, distributed by Proper. On Sunday June 3rd, two dollar bash play at the Wychwood Festival in Cheltenham. "On the Road" will be released in the autumn to coincide with a full UK tour. "This band... has the same original folk creativity that Bob Dylan had when he started" Bob Everhart, in "Tradition", newspaper of the American National Traditional and Country Music Association, Jan/Feb 2005 issue.