Waking the Witch split up

Leeds band Waking the Witch have announced that they are about to call it a day.

The all-girl acoustic group are splitting this spring after a farewell nationwide tour which includes five gigs in their native Yorkshire.

Unlike most musical break-ups, however, the four-piece are going their separate ways as the very best of friends.

And that's probably just as well – because two of the band, Patsy Matheson and Becky Mills, live next door to each other.

Patsy said: "There's lots of reasons why we're splitting up, but none of them have anything to do with us falling out, I'm pleased to say.

"We've had a fantastic time and we're really proud of what we've achieved, but we all feel it's time to pursue other things and spend more time with our families."

Pudsey-based duo Patsy and Becky and fellow band members Jools Parker and Rachel Goodwin are hanging up their guitars with three acclaimed albums to their name.

Their most recent LP, Boys from the Abattoir, was hailed as "stunning" and "effortless" by reviewers when it came out last year.

Becky, though, is currently looking forward to an even more important production – she's expecting a baby in April.

"If you'd like to bring plenty of clean fluffy towels and hot water along to our spring gigs we'd be very grateful," said bandmate Jools.

"If Bex isn't on stage for any of our last few performances you'll know there's a lovely reason why."

Waking the Witch's striking mix of folk, blues, jazz and rock has been championed by broadcasters such as Janice Long and former BBC Radio London world music presenter Charlie Gillett.

They have appeared at the Glastonbury, Trowbridge and Cambridge festivals and have also recorded a live DVD at Leeds City Varieties.

The girls play Knaresborough's Frazer Theatre on February 23 and 24, Selby Arts Centre on March 8, The Rock in Maltby on March 14 and Halifax's Square Chapel Arts Centre on March 29.

For more details, visit the www.waking thewitch.co.uk website.