THE Urban Voodoo Machine, a bourbon-soaked gypsy blues, bop ‘n’ stroll band from London, will sing hymns on Friday in Poole, but these will be Hellbound Hymns from their fourth album.

Championed by BBC Radio 2 blues show presenter Paul Jones and BBC 6Music’s Huey Morgan, Gideon Coe and Chris Hawkins, the group was formed 13 years ago, led by Paul-Ronney Angel, who fled the fjords of Norway on the back of a very short stint in the Norwegian army to travel to the Big Smoke.

After a period of selling the Big Issue and busking around Soho, he came up with the Urban Voodoo sound.

“I wanted to play rock’n’roll music with a different instrumentation,” he said.

Consequently, Friday’s line-up at Mr Kyps will comprise anything up to 12 musicians on guitars, drums, fiddle, trumpet, banjo, washboard, upright bass, gong, mandolin, accordion, harmonicas, saxophone, tuba, sousaphone and even empty bottles and tie racks.

Over the years, The Urban Voodoo Machine have played Glastonbury, Download, Latitude, Bestival and Hard Rock Calling and toured with The Pogues and the New York Dolls, while drawing comparison with Gogol Bordello, Dr John, The Clash, Tom Waits, Nick Cave and John Lee Hooker.

Angel’s band specialises in lurching sea shanties, debauched murder ballads, messed-up tangos and boozy gypsy stomps, and this is reflected in the evocative song titles on Hellbound Hymns.

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