It’s almost ten years since the Jaywalkers first came to the attention of the UK folk scene as a finalist in the BBC Young Folk Award of 2008.
Since then the trio of Mike Giverin on mandolin, Lucille Williams on bass and Jay Bradbury on guitar, have cemented their place as one of the most exciting, virtuosic and entertaining young bands working on the British Folk scene.
Effortlessly 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 impressive slap bass.
Add good humour, tasteful arrangements and exceptional musicianship to the mix and they are guaranteed to put a smile on your face…. The music Jaywalkers create is innovative, rooted deeply in tradition, and exhilarating.
The range of their repertoire can be judged by the inclusion on one of their CDs (Songs We Like …but didn’t write) of Hank Williams’ Your Cheatin’ Heart and Soft Cell’s Tainted Love, recorded live around one microphone!
Their live set consists of a mix of covers, but also many original songs inspired by stories and poetry from Mike’s home county of Lancashire. The history of the area starts around the time of the Industrial Revolution when the cotton industry arrived, so there are strong themes running through the set about the trials of life in industrial Lancashire.
But, it’s not all doom and gloom! The band litters their set with blistering, foot-stomping, up-tempo instrumentals and more cheerful traditional songs to entertain the soul and cheer the heart.
“Jaywalkers effortlessly blend British and American folk traditions to create something arguably greater than either of these genres. “ Acoustic magazine
“Jay, Mike and Lucy weave a bright and busy tapestry with their third album [and] play with precision and aplomb…. [They] create music that is distinctive and enjoyable” Songlines Magazine