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The Pickwicks are the brainchild of Bridport guitarist, singer and songwriter Declan Duffy. The constraints of the acoustic singer-songwriter format, allied to a wide set of influences, have always encouraged Declan to broaden the scope of his music as much as possible. Principal influences are The Stone Roses, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Atlantic/Stax and other old soul, the Happy Mondays/Black Grape, film scores and The Pogues, to name only a few (along with a lifelong love of old country music, but only the most real, of course).
Based in the Rebel West Country, contrasting Jake Zennaman's folk background with innovative restylings of classic tracks and less heard but no less regarded covers, using just acoustic guitar, harmonica and a strong vocal presence to bring a boxing clever set of songs designed to proke and evoke while the drinks go down, you'll be refreshed and entertained by smart unpretentious music drawing from a wide range of influences, experiences and styles. This is a novel yet never novelty live act guaranteed to widen your eyes. On the road to a venue near you."
Ryan Halsey has gathered quite a name for himself as a talented up-and-coming drummer, performing with many of Bridport's local musicians. With the aid of his friend and lighting technician Lewis Aburrow, Ryan has undertaken a project on a grand scale; and he needs the help of the people of Bridport to achieve it! Their aim is to create a video encompassing not only one, but three, drum covers of Skrillex songs, and with Lewis' expertise, make them into a visual feast, to be posted onto the internet. They are in the process of raising money in order to secure the Lyric Theatre, who have generously allowed them to use the space for a small fee. They hope that with a little town spirit, they can create something which will bring some more attention to Bridport's wonderful music scene, and from what they told me, it promises to be something rather special. I caught up with the pair to find out a little more...
The songwriting vison of Matt Boulter (lead vocals and guitar) and Dave Giles (piano and accordion) focuses on literate ragged alternative country, influenced by the Band, Tom Waits and the spaghetti westerns of Ennio Morricone. Boulter, who also tours with Simone Felice and Duke and the King, posseses an urgent soaring voice, often compared to Mike Scott from the Waterboys. He's backed by Jim Wilson's flying fiddle and banjo, which gives the band their signature sound. Giles adds accordion, organs and clattering bar room piano. Will Bray's thundering drums and Ambrose P. Ambrose's upright and electric bass give the swing.