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Hillbillies finish working out the Kinks

Western Mass. tribute band readies its last gig

The Muswell Hillbillies are (from left) Dave Simons, Christopher and Michael Leveille, Emily Eagan, David Sokol, and Hayden Durand. Below: the band’s set list at rehearsal. The Muswell Hillbillies are (from left) Dave Simons, Christopher and Michael Leveille, Emily Eagan, David Sokol, and Hayden Durand. Below: the band’s set list at rehearsal. (Photos by matthew cavanaugh for the boston globe)
By Geoff Edgers
Globe Staff / December 23, 2011
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It was around lunchtime when the accordion kicked in. Dave Simons, the mustached leader of one of the world’s most unexpected Kinks tributes bands, sang the opening bars of “Sunny Afternoon.’’ The other members of the Muswell Hillbillies, ranging from high school kids to the 60-year-old drummer, played along. The group was rehearsing for their last show, a gig tonight at the Iron Horse in Northampton. That might sound strange for a band that’s played just six gigs, but the reason for stopping is purely practical.

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MUSWELL HILLBILLIES

At: Iron Horse Music Hall, 20 Center St., Northampton, tonight at 7. Tickets: $12.50 (advance), $15 (door). 413-586-8686, www.iheg.com