Swig some dirty bourbon with New Orleans party band in Sheffield

Dirty Bourbon River Show
Dirty Bourbon River Show

The Dirty Bourbon River Show pride themselves on their “New Orleans Big Brass Circus Rock”.

They draw inspiration from the musical heritage of their home city, from Louis Armstrong to the Preservation Hall Band, broadening their appeal to encompass a tasty gumbo of soul, R&B, funk, Balkan, gypsy and klezmer, writes Peter Kay.

It’s a pretty madcap mix in keeping with what appears to be the eccentric philosophy of the band since they came together in 2009.

Certainly their exuberant carnival-style approach was warmly welcomed when they played the Greystones in March last year.

The Dirty Bourbon River Show are back on Tuesday (July 31) as part of a UK tour to mark the release of their 10th studio album, The Flying Musical Circus.

They are returning to Sheffield 11 after an appearance at WOMAD, the world music festival in Wiltshire.

The five-piece line-up spring to life on accordion, trumpet, saxophone, bass, drums, piano, flute … and sousaphone. Well, they are from New Orleans.

That’s all topped off with the gravelly voice of Noah Adams. “I am Wolfman I am Wolfman, You cannot stop me, You cannot stop me, I am Wolfman, I am Wolfman, You cannot stop me tonight.” You get the idea?

As the band put it, they “deftly meld sounds that range from hard-edged blues to Lisztian piano-driven ballads to New Orleans brass…”

Their last date in America before heading for the UK was in the French Quarter of the Big Easy.

* The Muffin Men, who celebrate the music of Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, are at the Greystones on August 11. The band were formed in Liverpool in 1990 and have featured several original Mothers.