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Musically Monstrous


Friday 24th November 2017

The Jaywalkers

Folk, Bluegrass, Country and Western Swing music in the form of virtuosic instrumentals

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Venue: The Three Horseshoes, Towersey, Oxfordshire

Doors 7:30 - On Stage at 8:00 - Finish 10:15
Tickets £10

Since reaching the finals of the BBC Young Folk Awards in 2008, Jaywalkers have cemented their place as one of the most exciting, virtuosic and entertaining young bands working on the British Folk scene. Effortlessly creating a unique sound based on their collective and individual musical backgrounds, the band takes influence from Folk, Bluegrass, Country and Western Swing music in the form of virtuosic instrumentals, three part harmony and impressive slap bass. Add good humour, tasteful arrangements and exceptional musicianship to the mix and they are guaranteed to put a smile on your face…. The music Jaywalkers create is in­novative, rooted deeply in tradition, and exhilarating.

The past year has been an extremely successful one for this young band. Along with 2 full UK tours, a summer of festivals – including the Cambridge Folk Festival and Sidmouth Folk Week – and the release of their highly acclaimed third album – Weave – they have established themselves as one of the top bands working on the Folk and Bluegrass Scene. Back in March 2015, the band received an Emerging Excellence Award from Help Musicians UK, which enabled them to work with Andy Bell – producer and engineer for top folk acts such as Bellowhead and Martin Simpson – on their new CD, which has helped them mature from a promising young band, to a full on professional unit. 
Most of their set consists of original songs inspired by stories and poetry from Mike’s home county of Lancashire. The history of the area starts around the time of the Industrial Revolution when the cotton industry arrived, so there are strong themes running through the set about the trials of life in industrial Lancashire. But, its not all doom and gloom! The band litters their set with blistering, foot-stomping, up-tempo instrumentals and more cheerful traditional songs to entertain the soul and cheer the heart.

“Jaywalkers effortlessly blend British and American folk traditions to create something arguably greater than either of these genres. “ Acoustic magazine

“Jay, Mike and Lucy weave a bright and busy tapestry with their third album [and] play with precision and aplomb…. [They] create music that is distinctive and enjoyable” Songlines Magazine