Wednesday, 23 January 2008

Band profile: the Queensberry Rules. By Simon Bamford

The strange thing about The Queensberry Rules is that although they sing songs about the people and places of Stoke-on-Trent, they are probably better known outside of the area. The regulars on the British folk circuit signed to the Cumbria based Fellside Recordings in 06. Their latest release Landlocked contains a track about our very own witch Molly Leigh. Previous releases offer titles such as The Sagger Makers Bottom Knocker and Jam Jar Wakes.

Having swapped from electric instruments to acoustic ones six years ago, the band never looked back. Their music is tradition English folk with a modern twist. Brothers Gary and Duncan Wilcox (vocals and percussion / vocal, mandolin, bass, fiddle) and Phil Hulse (vocals, guitar, bouzouki and harmonica) are about to set off for an 8 date tour of Holland. Next is a 17 date tour of Britain’s lesser known venues, such as Ibsley Village Hall in Hampshire and Shap Memorial Hall in Cumbria. Then there’s a planned tour of Canada in July.

When Mike Harding championed their track Sinking Town (from The Back Dog and Other Stories, a song about our area’s mining subsidence) on his weekly Radio 2 folk programme in 06, he exclaimed “a band destined for great things”. Looks like he was right.

TQR play Up In Arms at The Biddulph Arms, Congleton Rd Biddulph on 7 Feb. Landlocked is out now on Fellside Recording

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