Original, entertaining and thought provoking, The Rubber Wellies are a travelling folk outfit like few others. Based in the Basque Country, Ireland and UK they are a touring collective skippered by singer songwriter and circus musician Harry Bird and multi-instrumentalist and composer Christophe Capewell.
With three albums under their belts and over eight years of experience together on the road they have entertained audiences all over Europe and beyond in the manner of the musical troupes of old – a hard working, fiercely independent act with a love of feel-good fun.
Drawing on narratives from curious everyday occurrences, global politics and folk legends, the Rubber Wellies multi-lingual performances are a mix of musical story-telling and good-time singalongs that flip between poignant introspection and carefree raucousness. Their musical style is an international mash-up of sea shanties, Mexican rancheros, bossa nova, reggae, old time and swing.
Similarly, their approach to writing and performance attempts to build bridges – between their own stories and those of others and between the band and the audience – in a sonic/emotional conversation that creates plenty of opportunities for thoughtfulness and laughter.
Previously known as Harry Bird and the Rubber Wellies, the current touring collective includes the likes of Kate Theodore (fiddle), Ian “Dodge” Paterson (all kinds of bass), Jamie Bird (banjo, mandolin), Adam Downey (percussion) and Heather St John (vocals). While the live lineup is in constant flux one thing is for sure, whether as an intimate duo in a folk club or a stomping festival five-piece, their shows are not to be missed!
The Rubber Wellies are coming to our region in three piece format when they will play at Folk at the Froize – that unique monthly gathering of likeminded people in Chilliesford gathered together by restaurateur David Grimwood.