Meet the band

Mick McGarry

Mick McGarry

Once named by the Hull Daily Mail as one of the city's living legends, Mick is also a member of rabble-rousing punk-folk band the Hillbilly Troupe, and runs the Hull & District Elderly Gentlemen's Binge-Drinking Club (Folk Section) every Wednesday afternoon in the Black Boy pub.

Bill Sowerby

Bill Sowerby

Bill’s been playing in folk bands since he was a lad, and was a regular member of the original Green Ginger Band and the highly acclaimed Yorkshire Garland Band among others. Bill sings, he is a multi-instrumentalist and is the group's musical director.

Les Ward

Les Ward

Les plays bouzouki, Streb electronic melodeon and harmonica, and is a regular at the Minerva sessions and the aforementioned Binge-Drinking Club. He is our resident expert in naval history.

Steve Gardham

Steve Gardham

Steve is also a founder of Yorkshire Garland and one of the region's most extensive collectors of local folk song. Editor of 4 books of traditional folksongs, he specialises in the historical background to the songs. He plays anglo concertina and melodeon.

Tom Gaynard

Tom Gaynard

Tom’s main interest is in Celtic music and he sings and plays a variety of high and low whistles. Like Mick and Les, he can also be found in the front room of the Black Boy of a Wednesday.

Andy Buckton

Andy Buckton

Andy is the band's newest member. He sings and plays guitar and is a regular at the Minerva sessions as well as being involved in the Shanty Choir and Hull Folk Collective.

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New CD out now!

Our third album, A Dead Bod: Songs of the Humber Waterways, as the title suggests, focuses on the stories of the people working on the local canals and rivers. It comprises a number of our Read more…

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Senses of the Sea

We were proud to collaborate with Hull charity 5 Senses on their production last March. Senses of the Sea brought music, dance, drama and tragedy to the story of Hull’s vibrant fishing industry, and boasted Read more…

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