THE RUBBER WELLIES
“One of my favourite bands EVER!” – The Mike Harding Folk Show
“A big draw on the live circuit” – fRoots Magazine
“Songwriting genius… a masterclass in contemporary roots music” – Sean McGhee, R2 magazine
“Try and listen to… the Rubber Wellies and be anything but happy, it’s impossible!” – BBC Radio Sheffield
Original, entertaining and thought provoking, the Rubber Wellies are a travelling folk oufit like few others. Based in the Basque Country, Ireland and UK they are a touring collective skippered by singersongwriter Harry Bird, multi-instrumentalist Christophe Capewell and fiddler/vocalist Kitty Theodore.
With three albums under their belts and ten 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 sing-alongs that flip between poignant introspection and carefree raucousness.
Their musical style is an international mash-up of sea shanties, mexican rancheras, bossa nova, reggae, old time and swing. Similarly their approach to writing and performance attempts to build bridges in a sonic/emotional conversation that creates plenty of opportunities for thoughtfullness and laughter.
Previously known as Harry Bird and the Rubber Wellies, the current touring collective often includes the likes of Ian “Dodge” Paterson (all kinds of bass), Jamie Bird (banjo, mandolin), Adam Downey (percussion), Heather St John (vocals) and Will Rutter (guitar/mandolin). The live lineup is in constant flux – ensuring that, whether as an intimate trio in a folk club or a stomping festival five-piece, their vibrant, irrepeatable shows are not to be missed!