These artists appearing at Festival 2018

Flats and Sharps - appearing at the Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk, Roots and Blues, 2018 - in Katoomba!

Flats and Sharps (UK)

Hailing from Cornwall, in the South West of England, Flats and Sharps blur the lines between Bluegrass, Folk, and Pop, gaining recognition for their own highly original songs as well as their blistering renditions of Bluegrass classics. 

These five incredible young musicians, Kirk Bowman (banjo), Mikey Ponsford (mandolin), Josh Warner (guitar), Danny Hart (fiddle) and Liam Fitzharris (double bass), honed their skills in hundreds of live performances over the past six years, charming and wowing audiences along the way.

Their five-track Always There EP, released in June 2015, drew critical acclaim with R2 Magazine saying they were "destined for great things" and their own songs, Boat and It's OK My Love both picking up specialist and daytime UK radio play, and the videos for these songs gaining traction on YouTube. 

The lads released a new album, King of My Mind in early 2016. It breaks new ground instrumentally with added drums and a Hammond B3 organ, and guest performances from BJ Cole on Pedal Steel, and a duet featuring emerging singer-songwriter, emae. Three cover songs are sandwiched between twelve original songs written by Kirk and Mikey. 

Flats and Sharps have come a long way, from their humble beginning busking in Penzance as 17 year-olds, to performing on the Town Square stage at the Country2Country Festival at the O2 in London and at Proms in Hyde Park, London. Along the way, they have played for (and with) the Governor of Kentucky who jumped on stage to play with them, won fans at scores of festivals including Isle of Wight, Maverick and many Bluegrass and Folk Festivals in the UK, Ireland and Europe. 

More recently, in April 2017 on their first Australian tour they delighted audiences at the National Folk Festival, Canberra and Fairbridge Music Festival, WA, and have now been invited to the home of Bluegrass, the USA, to represent the UK at this year’s International Bluegrass Music Association’s “World of Bluegrass in September. 

"...effortlessly entertaining ...sublime five-part harmonies ...the pace of their performance is breathtaking - I recommend seeing Flats and Sharps at the earliest opportunity. If you can prove your disappointment, I'll personally send you a cash refund." – Mark Ellen (R2 Magazine)