The Rubber Wellies
“One of my favourite bands EVER!” – The Mike Harding Folk Show
“A big draw on the live circuit with their likeable good-time roots- flavoured folk” – fRoots
Original, entertaining and thought provoking, the Rubber Wellies are a travelling folk outfit like few others. Based in the Basque Country, Ireland and UK they are a touring collective skippered by singer-songwriter and circus musician Harry Bird and multi-instrumentalist and composer Christophe Capewell.
With three albums under their belts and over eight years of experience together on the road they have entertained audiences all over Europe drawing on narratives from curious everyday occurances, global politics and folk legends. The Rubber Wellies multi-lingual performances are a mix of musical story-telling, good-time sing-alongs and fun-filled crowd participation that flip between poignant introspection and carefree raucousness. In a mash-up of styles including sea shanties, mexican rancheras, bossa nova, reggae, old time and swing, their approaches to writing and performance coincide in the attempt to build bridges – in terms of stories, between their own personal experiences and those of others and, on stage, in terms of a (sonic/emotional) conversation between the band and the audience – with plenty of scope for laughter.