Band of the Day


The Jar Family

Distinctly British folk music with a loyalty to the roots of North East England
Say that karma comes around, then the truth, truth will be found.
lyrics from In For A Penny

Formed in 2010, Hartlepool band The Jar Family is a collective of singer-songwriters Max Bianco, Dali, Al Devon, Richie Docherty, Chris Hooks and former Squeeze bassist Keith Wilkinson.

Providing an escape from the backdrop of their hometown’s economic hardships, and driven by a collective will to succeed, The Jar Family have forged a distinctive style of north-east blues & roots, uniquely coined as 'Industrial Folk', which, following a series of sell-out acoustic shows, and the July 2010 release of their now highly collectable 'Livingston Studio E.P.’, the band quickly built a loyal fan-base.

Having amassed such a sizeable collection of songs, the band decamped to the seminal Sawmill Studio to record ‘The Jar Family Album’ in June 2011, but not before adding the in-demand Kerry 'jubjub' Edwards on Cajon to complete the 7-piece line-up. Produced by Keith Wilkinson, the album was then mixed by the legendary John Cornfield (Muse, Supergrass, Razorlight, Oasis, Athlete).

In addition to being very well received by the national music press, their debut single, ‘Poolie Strut’ became the most requested song in Radio Hartlepool’s history and has since been played at all of Hartlepool United’s home matches, leading to the home faithful chanting the song on the terraces.

November 2011 then saw the release of The Jar Family’s second single ‘In For A Penny’ which preceded the band’s first ever UK tour, supporting the infamous Alabama 3, gaining them many new fans as they further enhanced their reputation as the north-east’s buzz band.

Last year they opened for Ocean Colour Scene’s Steve Craddock, followed by a run of tour dates and festival appearances across the UK, including slots opening for The Charlatans and Babyshambles, Ren Harvieu, The Sunshine Underground, King Charles, Jake Bugg etc., and they released the new single, ‘Broken Minded’ on August 6th.

In the spring of 2013, The Jar Family will have a new release.