Americana-tinged folk at the Shed
Sarana VerLin and Heather Bristow, from America, and James Slater, from the UK, could well be the inventors of a new musical genre: Folk Stroke Americana. Bringing you roots music influences from both sides of the ocean, Iron and Oak‘s style is a fusion of Contemporary Folk, Alt-Country, Swampy Blues, Old-Timey/Bluegrass and Red Dirt music.
Their musical chemistry is based around entwined voices and sublime harmonies, bedded on a layer of rhythmic guitar and sweet smoky violin. Together as singer-songwriters they perform their own compositions along with original arrangements of old and new songs. Iron and Oak performing songs of love and loss…some grit, some sweetness, some darkness, some light…all with a bit of humour along the way.
Iron and Oak are…
With classical training, a rock & roll history and American folk roots, Michigan native Sarana has honed her skills in the UK, Europe, USA and Canada. She’s worked with Grammy award-winning producers and is the winner of multiple Detroit Music Awards including Folk/Acoustic Instrumentalist and Folk/Acoustic Recording of the year.
One could describe James much like his favourite guitar…aged whisky and tobacco stained with knocks and scratches that tell you they’ve seen a lot of life on the road. Recently featured in Acoustic Guitar magazine, James’s songwriting blends folk, blues and Americana while using his trademark fingerpicking style and utilizing alternate tunings to convey his own unique take on life.
North Carolina native Heather has performed at festivals and venues in USA and UK in a variety of line-ups and is known for her harmony singing and heartfelt songs. She has released two well-received self-penned CDs and was a finalist in the UK Songwriting Contest. Tracks from both her CDs have been featured on radio programmes around the world; Hope on the Vine spent a spell in the Roots Report top five for the Folk Radio Chart, alongside Red Molly and Caroline Chocolate Drops.