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.
Comfortably blending exceptional, almost telepathic, harmonies with the unique instrumentation of soprano saxophone and acoustic guitar, audiences fall in love with the Skinners sound.
Hailing from the South East of England, Rob and Sarah have both been musicians for the majority of their lives. Sarah; classically trained on the clarinet from about the age of 6, progressed through the grades before switching to the saxophone. After winning Instrumentalist of the Year at the British Blues Awards in 2014, Sarah became the first female artist to be endorsed by Trevor James Saxophones.
"You guys were incredible. Fantastic harmonies. Unbelievable talent"". Lisa Marie Presley
"Not only are The Red Dirt Skinners blisteringly talented musicians, they're also some of the nicest folks in show business.” Showplace Theatre, Peterborough Ontario, Canada
“A wonderful night of music. The Red Dirt Skinners are a ‘must see’ artist” Acoustic Harvest Concert Series, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
"One of the best acts to come out of the UK in a long time" Hugh’s Room, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
"Superb harmonies and conversational lyrics left everyone feeling like old friends by the end of the evening." The Eyemouth Hippodrome, Scotland
“The entire crew were so impressed with both their musicianship and their engaging personalities. We look forward to their next visit.” Breakfast Television, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
“A wonderful performance. I don’t recall any band receiving such thundering applause. Sarah received a standing ovation for her sax solo on the very first number.” The Old Church Theatre, Trenton, Ontario, Canada
"100% positive feedback from a very appreciative audience and a great atmosphere. The harmonies and musicianship were exquisite" Florence Arts Centre, Cumbria, UK
"From their very first number on Saturday night, the Red Dirt Skinners had the audience in the palms of their hands. This amazing duo played and sang their hearts out. "The Buteman, Scotland
"A well-deserved standing ovation “The Ceilidh House, Scotland
"Taking the music scene by storm" BBC Radio Oxford, UK
'Witty and pointed lyrics, a sound much bigger than two people should normally be allowed to make, interweaving harmonies and a dynamic performance with plenty of audience participation, all combine to produce one of Britain's most engaging duos of the moment of any genre'. Hebden Bridge Blues Festival.
"One of the best and most popular of all UK Blues and Country artists" Dave Watkins, British Blues awards DJ of the year 2014
"It's hard to believe such a big sound can come from just two people. It is a pleasure to hear them but even better to hear them live. Awesome!" Johnny D Renegade Radio Nashville
"Delicious entertainment" The Beacon Herald, Stratford, Ontario
"A highly enjoyable set which straddles several genres, it comes highly recommended. Judging from the large amount of bookings the duo has been taking of late, it’s apparent many others agree" Blues Matters Magazine, UK
"Every now and then we get an act at the club which goes the extra mile to put on a show. The Red Dirt Skinners were such an act. It was a great night". The Woodman Folk Club, UK.
“A truly virtuoso duo indeed” Kevin Black, Black on Blue Radio Show, UK