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Sumptuous sounds of Society at Griffin gig

Society is a three piece country rock band from West Sussex who play The Griffin, Frome, on Saturday, from 8pm.  Their gorgeous three part harmonies set them apart from the current crop of Americana or West Coast rock wanabees in the UK.

Society comprise of guitarist Matt Wise, bassist Ben Lancaster and on all things percussive F Scott Kenny. Their recorded and live sound has echoes of C.S.N.Y, The Band, The Heartbreakers, The Jayhawks and the late great Ronnie Lane and Slim Chance.  Matt Wise composes most if not all of their material and when all three sing in harmony the result is simply stunning.

Since forming in 2004 Society have supported many great visiting artistes when they toured the UK, opening for notable musicians and performers such as Eve Selis, Deadstring Brothers, Corb Lund, Luke Doucet and The Wailin’ Jennys.  Apart from their own UK headline shows, Society have completed two tours of Canada along with a string of dates in the American mid-west gaining a whole new legion of fans in the USA.

This constant touring has honed both their musical and vocal chops and in the winter of 2008 Society left their disused stable that served as their rehearsal space and spent time at The Brickhouse Studios near Brighton recording their debut release entitled Songs From The Brickhouse .

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On Sunday, The Griffin welcomes back Alan Coles & The Mighty Oaks at 1pm.

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