Island Records, have released “Break The Rules”, the first track from Midnight Skyracer, the first Bluegrass band ever to be signed to a major UK label. In a triple first, not only are Midnight Skyracer the first Bluegrass band to be signed to a major label, but also the first all-female and UK/Irish Bluegrass band (featuring no Americans) ever to sign to a major UK label.

“Break The Rules”, comes ahead of the release of new album Shadows On the Moon which will be released on June 5, 2020. And breaking the rules is exactly what Midnight Skyracer is achieving. Making their name through the UK festival circuit as well as Europe and Australasia, the Anglo/Irish quintet are breaking through in what has always been a male-dominated, mostly American music genre.

Midnight Skyracer’s fiddle and dobro player, Laura Carrivick explains: “This is huge news for us. We started doing this because we all love Bluegrass so much and it’s a lot of fun to play. Then it turned out we weren’t the only people who liked it!”

Having made their name on the Bluegrass circuit and in particular festivals, Laura continued: “We love all this talk about greater female representation at festivals and award shows and we want to be a massive part of that, but we also have no interest in being the token female act to up the quota. It has to be about being the best and earning your place at those events. We are so thrilled that we are now part of Island Records and can share our music with the widest audience yet”

Midnight Skyracer is formed by twin sisters Laura Carrivick (fiddle and Dobro) and Charlotte Carrivick (guitar) along with Leanne Thorose (mandolin) who shares vocal duties with Tabitha Benedict (Banjo) and Eleanor Wilkie (double bass). All providing glistening harmonies, their sound is a scintillating mix of hard-driven Bluegrass and mountain balladry, both edgy and infectious, tender and tough. The band bring their gritty girl power sound to the Bluegrass scene, whilst still paying homage to the traditions of the deep southern American music.

I have an unhealthy obsession with bad horror movies, the song Wanted Dead Or Alive and crap British game shows. I do this not because of the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll lifestyle it affords me but more because it gives me an excuse to listen to bands that sound like hippos mating.