The Leylines
with: Folk The System + Nick Parker

Saturday 8 October 2016
8:00 pm - 11:30 pm

£8 in advance £10 on the door

Tickets: Buy on-line

British folk-punk for a summer’s afternoon, a sound forged in festivals and bonfires, with fiddle-driven rabble rousers and songs that stir the soul.10999603_908315062538180_3240595924507557269_n (1)The Leylines was started by a group of West Country musicians driving home from a session at the legendary Sawmills Studios. Levelling The Land by The Levellers was on the car stereo. Something about the sound of the record, the rolling Cornwall landscapes and the smell of summer connected in writer and vocalist Steve’s head.Steve, a product of council estates and stints in the Army, put his observations on the state of the nation into music and started writing. Adding the different musical backgrounds of band mates Matt (Guitar), Pete (Bass), Dave (Drums) and Hannah (Violin), The Leylines have created a style that combines the acerbic social commentary of the Mod and Punk eras, and a folk-rock vibe that will send you right back to those long, hazy festival days.The band saying is: “If you wouldn’t go out and have drink with someone, don’t work with them.” With a fiercely loyal and ever-growing fanbase, The Leylines guaranteed to have their audiences up on their feet – and they will be having as much fun as their audience while they’re doing it!

The band are very proud to say that in 2016, on top of a packed gig list, they have been invited to play headline slots at Watchet Festival, Bodstock Festival, Hazy Daze Festival, Wistful Festival and more, also playing the mainstages at Something Else In The Dean, Farmer Phils Festival, Kindred Spirits Festival and Chagstock as well as many other festivals.They have also seen a dramatic rise in nationwide following after playing alongside such chart topping bands as Toploader and Scouting For Girls, as well as festival favourites Mad Dog Mcrea, Ferocious Dog and 3 Daft Monkeys.You can read an independent review of their debut EP here: PEOPLE SAY ABOUT THEM…“The Leylines never fail to impress and once again their driving take on bawdy folk rock left the audience baying for more, having paid witness to an invigorating set by a band built for the biggest of festival stages.”
WILL MUNN, Independent Review”I headed to a packed out Floating Globe stage for one of the highlights of the entire weekend in the shape of The Leylines, a violin/guitar wielding folk rock act that deliver hooks and contagious melodies aplenty during a thrilling set that even had the uninitiated singing along to the likes of Runaway and Run For Cover”SLAP MAGAZINE REVIEW OF LAKEFEST“This band is just amazing…for me they are the perfect mix of The Levellers and The Undertones but totally original with it…I can’t wait to see them again”
GIG GOER AT GLOUCESTER GUILDHALL“…this is a brilliant debut from a very tight band with all the right song-writing credentials to make them a huge hit on the festival circuit and beyond…I did get to see them play live…and I have to say I was not disappointed along with the big crowd that turned out to see them and danced and sang along during the whole set. Without a doubt The Leylines are worth checking out, you will not be disappointed!!”MARK GOODMAN, MAGPIE MUSIC

Folk The System

Punk/ Folk band formed in Banbury, Oxfordshire (UK) in 1992 by Simon Hill (Pil) (Vocal, 12 String, Tin Whistle), Maty Tustian (Bodhran, Vocals), Tony Partner (6 String, Bass) & John Tims (Fiddle, Mandolin).

Formed in the early 1990’s, Folk The System’s firebrand mix of folk mayhem and punk attitude soon carried them away from the pubs and clubs of their Banbury home.
Headlining and supporting bands such as Liberty Cage (Men They Couldn’t hang), Citizen Fish, Blyth Power and the Rhythmites (to name a few). They have played festivals and clubs from the tip of Cornwall to the wilds of the Scottish highlands gathering fans and friends where ever they stopped.
The band split up in the mid 1990’s after years of drinking, dancing and general chaos. But always remained friends with many a drunken night ending in plans to reform.
In mid 2013 lead singer and esteemed band leader Simon (Pil) bought a new 12 string and sent word to his troops that the music world needed another blast of Folk The System.
How could we refuse…?
Compared to Levellers, Pogues, New Model Army and today bands such as Ferocious Dog & Leatherat.

Disbanded in 1996, but remained good friends, reformed in 2013 with all original members and out gigging again and appearing at festivals.

2014 saw our first gigs with all original members for nearly 20 years, 2015 saw us back on stage at various gigs and festivals across the UK (Leatherat Xmas Party, Somewhere Else, BloxFest, Beacon festival, Umbrella Fair, Blyth Power Ashes, Something Else In The Dean, Bostin’ Days Live and DogFest warm up Feb 2016, as well as supporting bands such as Neck, Steve N Seagulls, John Lennon McCullagh & Leatherat.
With an album “Unrest in The Wolds” released in May 2015 and a track recorded for the “Bostin’ Days” Levellers charity CD and Something Else compilation the fun continues with 2016 shaping up to be a very busy year with many quality festival already confirmed.

Gone is the rusty Sherpa van of doom.
Gone are the security mongrels of death (RIP Crowley and Tess).
Gone is the evil monster that was Thatcher.
But the people still need a voice and we’re back, older, with less hair and slightly cleaner clothes, but still FOLKIN’ angry!

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Glastonbury (UK) based Nick Parker was 13 when he first picked up a guitar and tried to string together a few chords. By 14 he had put down the guitar and picked up the mandolin. Not least of all because he wanted to be in his brother, Ant’s band and they needed a mandolin player.
The first few gigs came and went, under the name ‘The Mandolin Brothers’ (genius) before they changed their name to ‘Why?’ (equally genius) and they spent the next 10 years bouncing around on stages at hundreds of venues around the UK and Europe, reeling out their folk/rock/skiffle (latterly known as friffle) sillyness to sweaty teens and twentysomethings.
In February 1998 Nick finally put down his eight string and picked up a six (mainly because his fingers had gotten too fat for the intricacies of a mandolin) and started guitar band ‘Tobermory’.
After various false starts, a few flirtations with industry ‘big’ boys and a few mini tours to Germany (including one where they went all the way to the east for a three gig weekend, two of which were cancelled) Tobermory played their last gig in 2004.
‘The Gadabout Crowd’ was next on Nick’s ‘to do’ list, which was more of a folky/rocky affair. The crowd dispersed after only a few months of gatherment and Nick decided to go it alone.
Now under the name of ‘Nick Parker’ (again quite clever), Nick has released two full-length albums, 2010’s ‘The King of False Alarms’ and 2014’s ‘Angry Pork and the Occasional Bird’ on German label Tonetoaster Records.
Starting to feel a bit lonely, Nick recruited a few mates who quickly became known as the False Alarms who took to traipsing around Europe with him, Tetrissing their drums, bass, guitars, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, pedal steel and accordion into the back of his shiny new bandwagon.
Playing his tongue-firmly-in-cheek folky/country/straggly songs, Nick’s shows – solo or with the False Alarms -are as intimate and light-hearted as they are passionate and downright sweaty.


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