Skinny Lister, a rambunctious folk with punk attitude sextet, really brings the party. So it makes perfect sense to feature this U.K. band tonight, on Christmas Eve. Happy holidays for those who are celebrating. And a very Merry Festivus for the rest of us. In honor then, here’s “Trouble On Oxford Street” from their latest album, Down on Deptford Broadway.
Singer and mandolin player Max Thomas and his sister Lorna came from a folk music family (their dad was a radio DJ) and they began performing reels and gigs at pubs once they were old enough to get in. They even formed an Americana bluegrass band with the rest of their family, playing pubs and Christmas festivals. Dan Heptinstall, Sam Brace and Dan Grey were previously members of The Alps. Their sound takes from the Irish and Celtic folk tradition and a bit of Scottish, but is infused with their own English heritage and sensibilities. They perform their own original songs and occasionally mix in some traditional shanties and such.
Since their inception in 2009, they’ve released several singles and EPs, with two full-length albums. Forge and Flagon came out in 2013 and Down on Deptford Broadway was released back in April. Through the years, they’ve performed at many festivals and in support of bands like Flogging Molly, Boy George, Dropkick Murphys and most recently, Frank Turner. In fact, the new year begins with a run of dates with him in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. After that, the band will be back in the U.S., performing during Flogging Molly’s Salty Dog cruise and in other places (including The Middle East in Cambridge on April 2). For full details, see their official site.