“Crossover potential written all over it” 4 Stars – MOJO
“Rambunctious folk and joyous elemental pop” The Guardian
“Furiously contagious….uniquely, charmingly British” Clash
“Ear-worm melodies” 4 Stars – Financial Times
“Wondrous….hugely accomplished” fRoots
“Could this 5-piece be your new favourite folk-pop group?” Digital Spy
There’s something simply unmistakable about Keston Cobblers Club. When the band plays, it’s a captivating and engaging experience. Whether the band are performing unplugged from the floor surrounded by the audience or whipping the crowd into a dancing frenzy; visiting far-flung venues at their fans’ request; assembling a 60-strong amateur ‘Cobblers orchestra’ with total strangers; chartering an old Routemaster bus to launch an EP; or organising their very own Camp Wildfire festival; all of this is to say: you don’t just listen to Keston Cobblers Club. You’re involved.
The folk-pop 5-piece have been steadily building a name for themselves and winning over an army of loyal fans around the UK and beyond. They’ve played some of the UK’s biggest festivals, including Glastonbury, Bestival, Cambridge Folk Festival, Wilderness and Green Man; sold out their own headline tours including dates at London’s Scala and Union Chapel; been playlisted by 6Music; and been invited to perform live on BBC Radio by the likes of Dermot O’Leary, Steve Lamacq and Bob Harris.
Their album releases have won them huge praise everywhere from MOJO Magazine, The Guardian, The Independent and the Financial Times to Songlines, fRoots and Clash. Burberry asked the band to perform at their Menswear launch event in front of a VIP audience. The band have also opened for Bellowhead on their farewell tour, as well as Stornoway, John Smith and Leisure Society.
As fans will know, the Cobblers’ music isn’t just uplifting; it’s often a full-on celebration. Their live shows are displays of genuine warmth and dazzling musicianship and the band continues to delight audiences across the country.
Refreshments will be available for purchase during the performance, before it and during the interval.
Bob hails originally from the west coast of Scotland but has long been based in London. An engaging solo singer and performer with an easy going sense of humour, he’s known also as an accomplished finger-
He has produced a couple of solo albums When the Moon Sits Fat on a Scudding Cloud and After the Swithering which the national folk magazines have described variously as delightful, haunting, reflective and exquisite. Full reviews including by fROOTS, IRISH MUSIC and LIVING TRADITION magazines are to be found on this website.
A seasoned and experienced performer, Bob has appeared at countless clubs and festivals throughout the UK; he has played on the albums of various others and he has featured on many radio programmes. He has also hosted and organised a number of guitar workshops, focusing on alternative guitar tunings and song accompaniment.
As a departure from his regular repertoire, Bob also loves gigging as a duo with Benny Gallagher (McGuinness Flint, Gallagher & Lyle) and features extensively on Benny’s most recent studio album At the Edge of the Wave, providing harmony vocals and second guitar parts. “Every time I sit down and play some music with Bob –
Bob’s repertoire nowadays retains firm links with the tradition, but includes an array of contemporary songs as well as a smattering of pipe, harp and other tunes on guitar.
To this day, he also remains a founder member and organiser of the renowned Ram Folk Club in Surrey (2007 BBC Folk Club of the Year) www.theramclub.co.uk. Now in its 34th year, the club goes from strength to strength.