Creating a sound based on their individual musical backgrounds, this 3-piece band takes its influence from folk, bluegrass, country and western swing music in the form of virtuosic instrumentals, three piece harmony and occasional slap bass. Add good humour, tasteful arrangements and exceptional musicianship to the mix and they are guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Jaywalkers will open our Saturday night concert in Marquee 1.
The summer of 2012 has seen Jaywalkers – BBC Young Folk Award finalists 2009 – cement their place as one of the most exciting, virtuosic and entertaining young bands working on the British folk scene. The band performed at over 24 festivals, from the farthest reaches of the A9 in North Scotland to the Southern tip of Swanage and an Eastern-most point of Broadstairs (and many places in-between). There was just enough time to fit in a quick trip to Europe, where the band were placed 3rd at the European World of Bluegrass in Holland (making them the 3rd best Bluegrass band in Europe…or, that’s how we say it anyway).
The band met at a weekly bluegrass jam session in Helsby and played together in a variety of scratch bands and informal gatherings for several years, before Mike and Jay formed Jaywalkers in the summer of 2008; a few months prior to their folk awards success. Following the self-release of their highly successful debut album in March 2011 – ‘16 Miles’ – the duo became a trio in the form of bass player extraordinaire, Lucy Williams, who was too good on the recording not to be a permanent fixture.For their second release – ‘Early for a Thursday’ – the 12 track album features nine of mandolin player, Michael Giverin’s original compositions that draw on his experienced musicality and Northern heritage; taking inspiration from Lancashire dialect poems and quirky stories.
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 occasional slap bass. Add good humour, tasteful arrangements and exceptional musicianship to the mix and they are guaranteed to put a smile on your face.