We find out all about local band, The Woodsmen, how they got started, what sort of music they play and what they are up to this year.
The Woodsmen are made up Dara, Ste, Rob and Slater. They first started playing as a group in early 2015, in a small two up two down on Lancaster’s Derby Road, right on the banks of the Lune. Frontman, and Irish native, Dara, initially played as a duo with Bradford born Rob, while studying in nearby Myerscough College. After they finished, they moved to Lancaster in search of steady employment, and more importantly, in pursuit of the well renowned Lancaster music scene.
Dara’s Irish pal, Ste, then joined the lads, equipped with his electric guitar and shared passion for chasing a career in the music business. He also moved to the area while studying at UCLAN in Preston. Drummer, Slater, who has lived in Lancaster for many years, after upping sticks from Arnside, completed the bands line up in in February 2015.
Stylistically, music promoters have reported the band as playing ‘folk tinged indie’, with their sound being compared to a wide range of well known acts such as Mumford & Sons, Jake Bugg and The La’s. Further reviews of the band suggest a sound and song writing ability way beyond their years, with harmonic vocals and catchy, easy listening musical arrangements.
The songwriting is very much a joint effort. Most of the musical ideas come from bass player Rob and lead guitarist Ste bringing their creations for the whole band to work on. With influences from a wide range of English and Irish artists, their songs capture a beautifully mixed sound.
As well as writing original music The Woodsmen have been playing covers on the local pub scene in Lancaster, favouring venues such as the John O’Gaunt and The Penny Bank. The lads also regularly play in venues around Manchester and across Lancashire and Cumbria. The cover a wide range of artists from Bob Dylan and The Beatles, to Mumford and Sons and Hozier.
Over the last few months The Woodsmen have been busy recording their debut EP with well known music producers in a studio in London. Titled ‘Got It Together’, the 4 track production will be available for download on May 1st and officially launched in Lancaster’s Atkinsons Hall on the 14th May, with some great local support acts. Further shows will be announced in the coming months.
Having had a busy summer and festival period in 2015, the band are gearing up for more of the same this summer. Recalling last years Kendal Calling Music Festival, as this was a pivotal gig in their development as a marketable band, the lads are in talks to retake the stage there in August 2017 along with other festivals around the UK and Ireland. Details of all the bands shows can be found on Facebook and Twitter.