Ex-tree planter takes root at club

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Doncaster’s Roots Music Club brings its season to a close with a former tree planter.

Otis Gibbs planted more than 7,000 trees while working as a nurseryman for 10 years in Indiana, but now writes and sings songs about everyday life.

And Otis brings his music to Roots tomorrow in the club’s last show before its summer break, after the release of his latest album, Souvenirs of a Misspent Youth, last year – which includes a song looking back at his days at a tree planter.

Otis says: “I’ve planted 7,176 trees in my lifetime. These were all large trees and were planted without the benefit of heavy machinery. Just shovels, spades and strong backs.

“It was my day job for about 10 years and I loved it, but my body started to break down towards the end.

“Luckily, I started touring more in the UK and Europe which allowed me to play music full time. I quit that job about eight years ago and haven’t had a day job since. No Rust On My Spade is a song that looks back to those days when I prided myself in being a nurseryman.

Otis Gibbs plays the Roots Music Club, the Ukrainian Centre, Beckett Street, Doncaster town centre, on Friday, July 31. Support comes from Moz Casserly.

Tickets are priced from £8 in advance, from www.wegottickets.com/rootsmusicclubdoncaster, or £10 on the door. Doors open at 7.30pm.

The club returns on Friday, September 4, with Sheesham & Lotus & Son.