The Churchfitters is a folk band like no other. Bass guitars made out of frying pans and hub caps. Heart-wrenching vocals accompanied by a musical saw. Foot-stompingly fast fiddle mixed with infectious funk-rock banjo, and traditional melodies reinvigorated with mesmerising rock rhythms.
The three virtuoso musicians from England and France strut their stuff on a stage that bristles with instruments – adding flute, mandolin, strum box, tin whistle, guitar, ukulele, saxophone, stand up dustbin bass and a sackful of percussion to their ensemble. And let’s not forget the unique ‘bing-bong’ machine made out of hack-saw blades.
Throw in some exquisite harmonies, a slew of startlingly original songs and a few jokes that create instant rapport and you’ve got a high energy show that always leaves audiences cheering. How do you adequately describe such a musically diverse, uplifting hand? You leave it to Mike Harding, a self- confessed ‘huge, huge fan’. He calls them ‘totally brilliant and beautiful’.
Doors/Bar Open 7 pm. £8 in advance for reserved seating from Simon Colbeck firstname.lastname@example.org – 01285 720146. Or on the door.