IF you have been shopping down Broad Street in Reading lately you may have come across a pair of young percussionists busking with a medley of home-made instruments — buckets and tins and old oil drums, writes Lesley Potter. They make a brilliant sound, and always attract a huge crowd. It just goes to show that raw musical talent will out, no matter what.
A folk band coming to the Nettlebed Club on Monday have a similarly unorthodox approach to instrumentation. In fact, the Churchfitters have been described as “a folk band like no other”.
Their show includes a double bass made out of a saucepan, vocals accompanied by a musical saw, fast fiddle mixed with funk-rock rhythms and traditional tunes reinvigorated with... what else but jazz riffs from a sax.
The four virtuoso musicians from England and France strut their stuff on a stage that bristles with all manner of instruments, including flute, banjo, dulcimer, tin whistle, guitar, ukulele, electric hub-cap bass and a sackful of percussion. They also have a “bing-bong” machine made out of hack-saw blades.
The quartet have written a number of original tunes, and their show is also liberally sprinkled with the odd joke.