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The HillBenders bring The Who’s Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry to the UK

Following its success in the US, the show is coming to the UK.

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The HillBenders are bringing their full-length bluegrass version of The Who’s rock opera Tommy to the UK.

After a long wait, the show will arrive this summer following its success in the US. 45 years after its original release, this classic of classic rock has been fully realised as a 75 minute bluegrass show covering the original album from start to finish.

With a perfect mix of virtuoso musicianship and rock star vocals, Pete Townshend’s original vision is brought to life in a new and exciting way.

“We wanted to pair bluegrass with the other music we grew up with — rock and roll!” says The HillBenders’ Nolan Lawrence.

The full list of dates in July is:

15 – Bristol Americana Weekend
17 – Larmer Tree Festival
20 – Milton Keynes International Festival
21 – London Union Chapel (
23 – Gateshead, The Sage SummerTyne Festival

The HillBenders are: Mark Cassidy (banjo), Gary Rea (bass), Jim Rea (guitar), Nolan Lawrence (mandolin) and Chad ‘Gravy Boat’ Graves (dobro). Their album Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry is out now on Compass Records via Proper.

Watch The HillBenders perform Pinball Wizard below:


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