|Saturday 25 October 2014 @ 09:00pm : -
The summer of 2012 saw 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. June 4th saw the eagerly awaited release of their 2nd album – Early for a Thursday – but their busy summer was already well under way, with the band performing 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).
Amongst the deluge of festival appearances, there were main stage performances at Priddy, Fylde, Chester, Wirral Folk on the Coast, Purbeck and Didmarton – to name a few – and an undoubted highlight of a CD selling-out performance in front of 2000 people at Shrewsbury folk festival in late August.
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’ - Jaywalkers have joined forces with label ‘101 Records’ in a natural progression after touring their independent, debut album for a year; this time, bringing a bigger and better sound into the studio for a wider distribution via Proper Music. 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.
"Astounding abilites and proficient talents, the chemistry between them is electrifying.. they show the world, being young holds no boundaries." ~ Maverick Magazine
"Intelligent, enthusiastic bluegrass-tinged folk" ~ fRoots
"Jaywalkers - Pure pleasure - great new grass/bluegrass sound with some folk/world music mixed in - all played with expertise and sung with warm,clean harmonies. Not surprising that our festival audience have asked us to book them again......" ~ Priddy Folk Festival
"If you''re not tapping your toes in the first thirty seconds, you''re either dead or a miserable *******" ~ North West Folk
"I have had the pleasure of seeing and hearing the Jaywalkers over the last three years and what a joy they are! They''ve become a very professional duo delivering excellent music and songs.I predict that they have a great future in the world of music." ~ Alan Bell, director Fylde Folk Festival
"An addictive mix of equal parts folk and bluegrass, the duo are refreshingly different and not to be missed" ~ Spiral Earth
"From the opening of their set, Jaywalkers impressed the Speyfest audience with their dynamic and driving sound. Not only did their musical capabilities shine through but they were a pleasure to have at the festival for the weekend and we can''t wait to have them back at some point in the near future!" ~ Speyfest, Scotland
"Stunning musicianship from this fine young band, for whom future success is assured" ~ Topic Folk Club