Jaywalkers website
19th May 2018

Joe Topping

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.

Their live set consists of a mix of covers, but also many 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