Lucas Hicks Project

Lucas Hicks (Bellingham, Washington)


Festival mainstay and Bellingham’s favourite son Lucas Hicks returns and he’s bringing along a few friends. Hicks has performed from Canada to Spain, in bands including The Gallus Brothers, The Crow Quill Night Owls, Rattletrap Ruckus and The Shadies. He is known for his lively and inventive performances, his diverse talents and of course, his suspenders.

Primarily, Hicks plays banjo breakdowns and accordion rags but he is also a resourceful percussionist, known for playing on a “suitcase full of bones, bells and antique tomfoolery.”

The Gallus Brothers whose names are not Gallus and who are not brothers are Lucas, of course, and ace finger pickin’ guitarist Devin Champlin. The odd banjo, mandolin or accordion will turn up in the hands of either; they both sing; and you’ve heard about Hicks’ drum kit. These purveyors of ragtime country blues with a little vaudeville have a vast repertoire of songs ranging from jazz and ragtime to country blues and even big band songs. Many have been lifted from dusty 78 rpm records. The Gallus Brothers sang their way into our hearts in 2007 and have remained there ever since.

The Shadies are the aforementioned Lucas and Devin, and they are joined by Andy Rick on steel guitar, banjo and vocals, and Jenny Rose on bass and vocals. They play a rollicking, danceable variety of old-time, classic country, country blues and early ragtime tunes. It’s been said that The Shadies make it hard to not get up and square dance. They are a mainstay of the old-time music scene in Bellingham and are fixtures at weekly square dances.

On a trip to meet up with legendary trikitixa player Joseba Tapia in Spain, Hicks met Eneko Dorronsoro and despite sharing little common language, they developed an instant musical chemistry. Within hours the two artists developed a set comprised of both Basque and American tunes, which were played throughout bars in the Basque country. Hicks and Dorronsoro are joined by Thomas Deakin on clarinet to bring further life to their eclectic mix of tunes.

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