Lafarge, Lafarge - now where have you seen that name before? If you were gawping at the TV screen through a bleary haze of spirits and Auld Lang Syne on New Year's Eve in 2012, that name may have flashed up on your screen during Jools Holland's traditional Hootenanny. Dressed in Prohibition-era gear, they certainly looked the part and sounded as pin-sharp as their suits.
Fast-forward eighteen months and Pokey Lafarge and the South City Three find themselves in the enviable position of being able to book shows in the UK and sell them out. Their last full tour was in the autumn and sold through pretty quickly.
Since that appearance on Jools Holland, the band have delivered plenty more albums of similarly constructed blues, soul and rock 'n' roll, including the latest opus simply-entitled "Pokey Lafarge". Released on Jack White's Third Man Records and produced by Old Crow Medicine Show frontman Ketch Secor, the self-titled long-player includes the perky "Central Time", the Bluesiana strains of "What The Rain Will Bring" and all manner of other vintage aural artefacts. All you need is a straight bourbon and a riverboat and you're made. It's out in the UK on 5th August.
Also already announced for August are a handful of shows including Brighton and Oxford - available now - with more concerts now added to anticipate demand.
The new shows include stops in Nottingham, Manchester, Bristol and London and take place throughout early November. Tickets for all shows are on sale now, priced at £14 for regionals and £17.50 for London. Get ready to seriously cut some rug!