It seems that there may be a country music revival on the horizon in Leeds, and local five-piece country band, Fitzwallace, are leading the way.
The band formed a couple of years ago, and have already garnered support from local country music lovers and scored some pretty impressive support slots and festival appearances.
This Thursday will see the release of the band’s Sweetheart EP at what promises to be a memorable gig at the 360 Club at The Library in Leeds. We caught up with Joe Martin (guitar/vocals) and Flo Taylor (vocals) from the band to find out what they have been up to and what to expect from the show.
With bands like The Shires making waves nationally, I wondered what the band thought was the reason for this apparent revival. Martin explains: “I think country music has become more mainstream because of the founding of the C2C festival held at London’s O2 every year. This has allowed bands from the US to gain a following in the UK and Europe and the country to country festival is almost selling out every year since it started three years ago.”
“We were lucky enough to play the Pop Up stage at C2C, it was the most surreal experience,” adds Taylor. “People were asking for our autograph and wanting photographs with us. It was amazing having new people coming to see us and singing along with us. It was great to meet people that were so supportive of our music!”
The band are exceptional musicians and clearly work extremely hard to create truly beautiful music. I asked them what we can expect from their live show on Thursday. “I’d say the majority of our set consists of lively, happy sing along songs which hopefully leave audiences feeling upbeat after our gigs”.
Fitzwallace play 360 Club at The Library in Leeds on Thursday May 21.
For more information visit: www.fitzwallace.co.uk
Ticket links: http://crashrecords.co.uk/fitzwallace-ep-launch-more-360-club-210515