Funky hip hop act DopeSickFly hope to be a highlight at Winter Droving

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THIS year's Winter Droving event in Penrith promises to be a highlight on the cultural calendar as headliners DopeSickFly bring their unique brand of funk to the town.

The band are set to warm the winter crowds with soulful vocals and catchy tunes on their first visit to the region.

Frontman Ant Thomaz - a native of Louisiana, USA - began as a busker on the streets of Glasgow, before recruiting guitarist Chris Darling and bassist Joe Djaelani. Drummer Calum McCrae brings jazz-influenced rhythm to complete the line-up.

Each individual member contributes a distinctive sound, and though funk is probably the most apt label, threads of rock, soul, acid jazz and hip hop are prominent in their work. Influences as diverse as Jimi Hendrix, Nile Rodgers and OutKast can be heard on the band's 2016 eponymous debut album.

Earlier this summer the band supported Kool and the Gang at a show in Glasgow, after they were named as one of Capital FM's Top 10 Bands to Watch in 2017.

Along with upcoming gigs in Leeds, Sheffield and Halifax, the band is currently recording a new EP for release on the Electric Honey label in 2018.

Taking place on Saturday October 28 across Penrith, The Winter Droving will feature live music on various stages. Joining DopeSickFly on the Melodrome Stage will be Lyons and La Zel, Rumjig, and The Fire Beneath the Sea, with the likes of BAAB, Blast Furness, WeAreQuasars, The Black Guards, The Balkanics, The Wierdstring Band, Price of My Pig, Green Man’s Apprentice, Uncle Carbuncle, Dansi and The Baghdaddies also set to appear.

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