The multitude of talent on offer at the pop-up stages this year at C2C made it very difficult to actually witness everything that was on offer.
Separating the wheat from the chaff isn’t easy when there is little by way of chaff. Sometimes you just have to be lucky and we were very lucky when we caught CC Smugglers.
They were scheduled to appear at Brooklyn Bowl and, as chance would have it, were billed just before David Nail. A good viewing spot for David’s appearance meant getting there early and hence we were in prime location to witness one of the performances of the weekend.
CC Smugglers are a six-member americana, roots and swing band and whatever else you choose to label them with. It doesn’t really matter. They actually describe themselves as a “rag-tag British six-piece busker band” and we couldn’t have put it better.
What does matter is the quality on offer and going by the audience reaction on this Sunday lunchtime set, they certainly made a huge impression.
They are fronted by Richie Prynne who we mentioned in our review of the overall festival. He gave one of the stand out performances of the weekend.
They are a Bedfordshire-based band; a mixture of teachers and social workers who just happen to be excellent musicians. The stage for CC Smugglers will often be the street corner. They still busk, although if there is any musical justice, hopefully they won’t be for not much longer.
They include Old Crow Medicine Show amongst their musical influences and you might have seen CC Smugglers when Old Crow toured the UK recently.
Their capacity for self promotion is legendary. We have included a clip from the recent C2C gig which shows the brilliant way that Richie handles the crowd!
They are presently on a mini tour of the UK and will be appearing in Scotland in April. After that, they have summer gigs lined up around Europe. However, you may also spot them on a tube train, shopping centre or street corner near you any time soon.
We hope to see these guys again very soon. In the meantime as Richie would say, “The name is CC Smugglers, like the Facebook page!!”