Toes were tapping, hands clapping and one or two thighs were being slapped as Jaywalkers: Mike, Lucy and Jay welcomed us into their world of bluegrass and folk music on Saturday night with their intro piece Slave for the People.
“This is a mandolin,” Mike informed us “not a ukulele or a banjo, it looks nothing like a frying pan with a long handle; does anyone play the banjo?”
One arm was raised, I suspect to Mike’s surprise and it was this kind of audience interaction that made me think we were in for an entertaining night. But what is the story behind this band’s success? I managed to snatch five minutes with the trio in the Stage Door Bar.
Lucy Williams grew up in a house filled with the sound of music; she would often go with dad Bryn and brothers Stuart and Russ to bluegrass gigs so was familiar with the folk scene from an early age. At 15 years old she thought her school music department too dull so decided to teach herself how to play the double bass.
But it was bingo and a garden that backed onto the pub where Lucy’s brothers used to play, that introduced Jay Bradberry to folk. Whenever she went to the bingo with her mum she was more interested in listening to the music being played than looking for a full house. She went on to have fiddle lessons with Lucy’s brother Stuart going along to their weekly music session which is where she met Lucy.
And it was Mike Giverin’s talent for playing the baritone horn that found him in a senior band at the tender age of 10 but he got a bit brassed off with it and quit. Then his dad took him to a concert where he saw someone playing the mandolin and was hooked, and the only person who could teach him was…you guessed it, Lucy’s brother Stuart!
So the rest, as they say, is history but I have a hunch the Jaywalkers have only just begun to write their success story…watch this space.
Thanks Sophia, and thanks Jaywalkers for an excellent night.