Sour grain making some sweet music

Sour Grain
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Fylde acoustic guitar duo Sour Grain (below) follow up their recent successful night at The Clarence in Marton with an appearance at The Raikes Hall on Saturday.

Paul Hughes and Neal Thompson were praised at the Preston New Road pub for their vocal versatility, instrumental ingenuity and improvisational originality.

Paul said: “It was a dream audience. It’s great when people are so in-tune with what we’re trying to do.”

Neal added: “The trouble was, we ran out of rehearsed songs and had to use some of our experimental material.”

Sour Grain have been together since September 2010, and originally intended to form a covers band, but decided there were enough of them around already.

Singer and guitarist Paul Hughes is a Sandgrownun. He is an accomplished singer in soul, blues, Motown and country-tinged styles. On stage since 18, Paul has been in several bands, including The Following and Helicopter.

Most recently, Paul has led The 55s, who have supported Dr Feelgood, performed at the Tommyfest festival, and participated in the Black Vegas show, at Blackpool Grand Theatre.

Neal Thompson, singer and multi-instrumentalist, hails from County Durham, work bringing him to Blackpool in 2001. Since then he has contributed to local bands, particularly Smokin’ Monkey (2007 -2009).

Neal is an accomplished songwriter and plays guitar, mandolin, banjo, bass guitar and dhobro.

His career started with his own bluegrass band, at 18, and he reached the finals in Mike Harding’s (Radio 2) Young Folk Award three years running.

n The Raikes (February 5); The Albert, South Shore (February 19) and The Hop Inn, Blackpool (February 20).