CORNISH bluegrass outfit Flats and Sharps will be taking the stage at Studland Village Hall next month, it has been confirmed.

The West Country band, which continues to blur the lines between Bluegrass, country, folk and pop, are rapidly gaining national recognition for performing a collection of their own original songs alongside some bluegrass classics.

The five musicians, who started out busking in Penzance, have played more than 350 live gigs over the past five years.

They’ll be playing a handful of Dorset dates courtesy of the touring rural arts organisation Artsreach.

Artsreach spokesman Kerry Bartlett said: “Their unique stage presence mixes musical expertise with boundless energy and a contagious enthusiasm for their genre, and this has led to countless festival appearances including Isle of Wight, Wesport Folk and Bluegrass and Bestival.

“In 2015 the band also performed at the Royal Albert Hall as finalists in the Music for Youth competition run by Classic FM, and their performance at Proms in Hyde Park was recorded for broadcast on Bob Harris’ BBC Radio 2 Country Show.”

The band released its latest album, King of My Mind, during the summer.

Artsreach co-director Yvonne Gallimore said: “Lots of villages across the county wanted to host this young and exciting band, and we can’t wait to welcome them to Dorset.

“Their vocal harmonies are just brilliant and the energy they bring will really create a special atmosphere in our intimate venues.”

n Flats and Sharps play Studland Village Hall on November 13, at 7.30pm. Call 01929 450 204 for information.