CANCELLED Peter Case and Sid Griffin

Date/Time Sun 29 May 2022 7:45 PM


Our apologies, but the Rugby Sevens tournament this weekend, which we didn’t know when the gig was agreed.  The promoter is attempting to re-book for a different venue.

Peter Case’s work sets the bar for authenticity, passion and imagination and spans a number of genres, including folk, blues, and rock. Raised in Buffalo, NY, Case came to the Bay area in 1973 and worked as a street musician and played in the seminal power pop group The Nerves, before moving to Los Angeles to form the Plimsouls, landing a deal with Geffen Records.

The Plimsouls achieved success with the hit single, “A Million Miles Away”, which landed them a role in the movie Valley Girl, as the band performing during the club scenes. Case’s 1986 solo Geffen Record debut revealed deep roots in folk and blues and earned him his first (of three) Grammy nomination for the song “Old Blue Car” as well as the Number 1 spot on the NY Time’s 1986 Best CDs list. Six CDs later, Case earned another nomination for Let Us Now Praise Sleepy John, a remarkable collection of songs that features Case’s voice and a single guitar. It’s clear that Case is a major talent on the Americana troubadour landscape.

Case’s 2010 CD, Wig emphasized the rock and blues side of Case’s repertoire, while 2007’s Let Us Now Praise Sleepy John demonstrates what Case can do with just his voice and a guitar. With or without a backing band, Case delivers his songs with both intense passion and introspective nuance.

Sid Griffin was playing Americana years before the term was invented and that pioneer spirit shines on in his current music” (Billy Bragg).

Heavily influenced by Gram Parsons and Bob Dylan, Sid was a founder member of The Long Ryders in the early 80’s, a band who recorded three albums and split up; becoming more revered as the decades passed and Americana became a ‘thing’.

An eighth-generation native Kentuckian who currently resides in England, Griffin has performed bluegrass mandolin with The Coal Porters who played festivals in many places around the world including Glastonbury in the UK, Kilkenny Festival in Ireland and the World Of Bluegrass festival in Kentucky USA. After a seventeen year run The Coal Porters called it a day in July 2018. He looks forward the future as his old rock band The Long Ryders sometimes perform again. The Long Ryders box set Final Wild Songs was released in January 2016 to universal acclaim, creating a new demand for live concerts by the band.

Sid has popped up in literary circles due to the success of his Million Dollar Bash book based on Bob Dylan’s Basement Tapes. He appears as Resident Musicologist on BBC Radio 6 Music DJs Stuart Maconie and Mark Radcliffe’s excellent afternoon show.

In amongst all this, Sid has recorded a few solo albums, the most recent being The Trick Is to Breathe (2014).