Half Moon presents:

An Evening of American Bluegrass with The Vanguards

The Vanguards + Lunch Special

Half Moon - Putney, London

£5 Adv / £6 Door
Entry Requirements: 18+ after 7pm

Join us for an evening of classic American Bluegrass and Honky-Tonk with The Vanguards

The Vanguards have been active on the London bluegrass and folk scene for the last few years; including headline slots at Fire in the Mountain in Wales and the Westport Folk & Bluegrass Festival in Ireland.

"The future of traditional bluegrass is in great hands with the young Vanguards keeping it alive" - Lisa Kay Howard-Hughes, host of Bell Buckle Radio's The Old Home Place and former host of WAMU's Bluegrass Country

"If you're looking for traditional Bluegrass, then look no further. These guys have it all." - Dave Teague, chairman of the British Bluegrass Music Association

Support comes from Lunch Special

Why not book a pre-concert table for dinner here

Line Up

The Vanguards are a five-piece traditional bluegrass band based in London. They take their musical inspiration from the originators of bluegrass music. Instrumentally, they seek to create a sound which blends the mandolin style of Bill Monroe, the banjo style of Ralph Stanley and the old-time style of fiddling which typified early bluegrass recordings and which continues to influence the sound of traditional bluegrass bands into the present day.

Mandolin / Jack Baker

Guitar / Alex Clarke

Banjo / Chris Lord

Fiddle / Laura Nailor

Bass / Pete Thomas

"The future of traditional bluegrass is in great hands with the young Vanguards keeping it alive" - Lisa Kay Howard-Hughes, host of Bell Buckle Radio's The Old Home Place and former host of WAMU's Bluegrass Country

"If you're looking for traditional Bluegrass, then look no further. These guys have it all." - Dave Teague, chairman of the British Bluegrass Music Association

"I booked them for a gig in the East Midlands and was knocked out by their performance. Check these guys out when they play anywhere near you." - Colin Silcocks, organiser of String Band Boogie

Lunch Special is a London-based bluegrass and Americana band. Members Neala Hickey, Vivian Li, and Luca Serino have roots spreading across three continents. In 2016, the three met at a bluegrass picking session at a London pub, where they bonded over a passion for stringed instruments, harmony singing, murder ballads, chicken, beer, and all things American. They play and sing traditional bluegrass classics, lesser known old songs, and also their own originals. While they take inspiration from Appalachian music, bluegrass, and country, their diverse musical backgrounds bring together something that is their own sound.