John Alexander – Percussion, Backing Vocals
Phil Clifford-Brown – Mandolin, Tenor Guitar, Backing Vocals
Ben Fawson – Electric Guitar, Backing Vocals
David Hamilton – Bass
George Milnes – Drums
Rob Milnes – Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards
water-shed normally perform as a four piece (John, Phil, David, Rob)
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Hailing from the deep south… of England, water-shed formed in 2004 on the back of solo festival performances. Following their first gig at a Tsunami benefit at The Spitz in early 2005, they’ve gone on to develop their own unique blend of funky, melodic “folk and roll”. After honing their catalogue of songs in live performances over the next three years, water-shed entered the studio in late 2007 to record their debut album, “Songs From The Shed”, released in December 2008. After the sad and untimely death of their founder member and drummer JJ Cullen in 2008, water-shed continued his ethos of performing as a collective. Adding mandolin and cajon, water-shed returned to live performance in 2009 exploring their rootsier side. They developed a firm festival following, and released their follow up album to mark their 10th anniversary – Coupons For The Moon – in 2014.
The albums “Coupons For The Moon” and “Songs From The Shed” are available from Bandcamp in CD or to download right here on this website, as well as iTunes worldwide, Google Play, Amazon MP3, Amazon On Demand. They can also be heard on Spotify, Rdio, Deezer, iHeartRadio, and Sony Music Unlimited. Click here for more details.
Indie Music Habit says: “water-shed is a refreshing answer to modern folk music. Where most new folk artists are losing sight of its traditions, water-shed keeps it intact while bringing an edgy, southern influence to the table to make for a unique yet familiar sound that brightens the day and eases the mind. I love hearing hints of James Taylor and Simon and Garfunkel throughout the melodies and arrangements…. really shines, with clear, smooth and beautiful melodies and relatable lyrics. There are also Beatles-esque tones, as well as southern rock influences like Crosby, Stills and Nash and The Allman Brothers”
Of “Songs From The Shed”, iTunes reviewer Douglas Payne says: this is the sound of a band at ease with each other, at ease with their instruments and at ease with their own southeastern groove that harks back to the southern harmony-rock of America’s south, the west coast melodies of early 70s Los Angeles and the gritty funk of New York City. Think: Jackson Browne and Carol King… Stevie Wonder and The Band… The Staple Singers and Creedance Clearwater Revival…. However, mention must also be made of the occasional quirkiness of the writing and production which has roots far closer to home…. visions of Syd Barrett or The Incredible String Band flow beautifully through the imagination. I think somebody once said that “you can take the band out of England, but you can’t take the England out of the band.””