Rambling man comes home

Del Rio Ramblers
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Chris Cummings and his band have had an interesting few weeks.

They followed shows in France and Spain by jetting to Norway to play at a festival. Heady stuff.

“Yeah, it’s probably not quite as exciting as I’ve just made it sound,” says Chris, sheepishly. “These kind of gigs don’t happen all the time – it’s not like we’re living like international rock stars.”

But Chris, of Quernmore Avenue, Marton, shouldn’t be too modest for his band – The Del Rio Ramblers – are doing better than most.

Formed in 2009, the members are all lovers of American roots music, of 1940s and 50s country music and rockabilly.

Their line up includes a pedal steel guitar, double bass and violin and debut album Go Away Hound Dog, earned them a high-profile fan.

“It was a mix of covers and original songs,” said Chris. “We sent it out to a few places, it got some nice reviews, and then out of the blue Mark Lamar contacted us and asked if we’d do a few sessions for Radio 2.

“We went to Maida Vale and played a few songs and off the back of that we played at Bestival with Blondie and a few other big names.

“Unfortunately Lamar fell out with the BBC after that so we’ve not been on since.”

That hasn’t stopped the band, all aged 40 to 60s, and all of whom have been in various bands before, growing in popularity - hence a string of gigs and the imminent release of another album, on Fleetwood-based Raucous Records.

“It is going well and the main thing is that we all love it,” added Chris.

He is the band’s steel pedal guitar player. There’s Sean Horton on vocals and rhythm guitar, Ray Walmsley on double bass and Steve Baker on lead guitar. Fiddle player Paul Roberts was last to join.

If you want to hear the lads in action, they are at the Strawberry Gardens pub in Fleetwood on Saturday, before heading to the Americana Festival near Nottingham later in the month.

For more information on the band head to www.delrioramblers.co.uk