Red Dirt Skinners
Widely regarded as one of the most innovative acts to come out of the UK in recent years, the sublime genre-defying sound of the Red Dirt Skinners is created by husband and wife team, Rob and Sarah Skinner.
In 2013 the Red Dirt Skinners became the first band in history to succeed at both the British Blues and the British Country Music awards. Don’t let these accolades pigeonhole the Skinners though; their audiences always describe them as ‘refreshingly different’. Drawing on influences from folk, country, blues, americana, jazz and everything between, the Red Dirt Skinners’ sound is instantly recognisable.
‘Musically set apart from the mass of bands who are just copying what has gone before’ Music News
Comfortably blending exceptional, almost telepathic, harmonies with the unique instrumentation of soprano saxophone and acoustic guitar, audiences fall in love with the Skinners sound.
‘The space where the vocals of Sarah and Rob Skinner meet features two tones existing as a single note’ The Alternate Root Magazine.
Sarah trained classically on the clarinet from about the age of 6 and progressed through all the grades before switching to the saxophone. In 2014 Sarah became the first female artist to be endorsed by Trevor James Saxophones.
Rob grew up with a father who played bass guitar and a grandmother who taught piano. As a young teen he turned to the guitar, but still plays many other instruments. Rob brings the occasional rocky influence to the band.
After winning at the British Blues Awards, Sarah requested to be removed from future Awards, citing that the Skinners music didn’t fit into one genre and they didn’t want to be pigeonholed.
Rob and Sarah write all their material together, with Sarah focussing on lyrics and Rob adding his extensive music theory knowledge to create unique chord sequences and stylings.
Advocates for finding the positives in every situation, Rob and Sarah spend much of their off-tour time encouraging new artists into the music scene and finding them performance opportunities.
From small beginnings in small venues, the Red Dirt Skinners swift rise in popularity sees them now commanding theatre audiences across The UK, Europe and Canada. A Red Dirt Skinners concert combines captivating storytelling with knowing lyricism and outstanding musicianship.
If you like songs influenced by Pink Floyd, Simon and Garfunkel, Supertramp, Crosby Stills and Nash, David Bowie coupled with some epic storytelling, humour and heartfelt emotions, you’ll love the Red Dirt Skinners.
2018 – Under Utopian Skies
2016 – Behind The Wheel
2014 – Live In Aberdeen
2013 – Sinking The Mary Rose
2012 – Home Sweet Home
2011 – Grass Roots
Red Dirt Skinners – Hey Crawford
Red Dirt Skinners – Comfortably Numb
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