The Jar Family + The Wicked Ravens

Friday 1 June, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
John Peel Centre
Church Walk
Stowmarket IP14 1ET
£9 adv || £11 otd
Box Office
01449 774 678
The Jar Family + The Wicked Ravens @ John Peel Centre

The Jar Family are a fabulous band: toe-tapplingly good, and lots of fun.  This high energy 6 piece, multi-instrumental band from Sunderland each take their turn on lead vocals, share great harmonies and play up a storm; they’re truly dynamic live and will happily get the audience stirred up: singing and foot stomping along with the music. The Jar Family have mesmerised, entertained, thrilled and conscripted punters at more than 400 gigs including approximately 75 festival performances. Their fan base is notoriously loud, thirsty, loyal and very large.

Styled ‘Industrial Folk’ – these musicians from the North East are stunning. As one festival organiser put it: “a superb band… One looks like a 60’s Dylan, whilst another is an archetypical stevedore type with waistcoat, bowler and tattoos and looks like he spits rivets into ship plates for a living. Together they make a great sound”. These very different, charismatic personalities with a wide range of musical styles work together harmoniously, sharing lead vocals and their clever, highly musical, self-penned songs immediately stay in your mind.  They make every gig a party with Echoes of The Beatles, Oasis with originality, edge, grit and truth. You might just recognise the excellent Keith Wilkinson (ex Squeeze, Jools Holland) on bass. If you like local group ‘Thy Last Drop’, these guys should also be up your street!

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Support from The Wicked Ravens

Dirty marsh music, psych folk rock  a bit roots with a touch of Essex country blues. Sometimes foot stomping, sometimes melancholy.

They hail from a small fishing village in north east Essex, and had their first gig in the summer of 2015 as The Wicked Ravens but between the four of them they’ve lived here and there, been in various bands that have toured, played festivals and gigged with some major artists, had radio play and music publishing contracts.

The Wicked Ravens  debut album “In The Woods” was recorded over 2 days in the singer’s dining room; they played 14 songs live and pressed record on the 8trk. 10 songs stood out and their first album was born.

​​”Stick your headphones on, shut your eyes and be seduced by the music as it drives you through the night to an underground club in the late 60’s, where you settle back and enjoy the band and the de rigueur psychedelic light show, alt folk-rock cloaked in a kaftan.” – Fatea music mag
“It has the aura of an authentic and obscure LP by one of those lost bands of the 70s I’ve played this album a lot, and I’m still trying to place all its resonances more definitively – I love it.” – Folk & Roots mag

“​They sound a bit like Jefferson Airplane and all your favourite bands of the 1960s whilst still sounding original.” – Man in the crowd


Tickets are £9 in advance, available online from our ticket partner, WeGotTickets (booking fee applies), or the Box Office on 01449 774678 (open 10am to 2pm weekdays, closed bank holidays). Also available on the door for £11.

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