Holy Moly and The Crackers
Live at The Garage, Highbury
Newcastle’s Holy Moly & The Crackers are one of the country’s hardest working bands.
You might call that a cliché, but how many others can you name that have covered the thousands of miles and played the amount of shows that HM&TC have, in just two years? Oh, and they’ve managed to write, record and release a critically-acclaimed album and start their own record label in that time too.
Lead singers Conrad Bird and Ruth Patterson met when they were teenagers in 2008 and Ruth was in the midst of adapting to a diagnosis of chronic arthritis. Ruth, at one stage cited for an orchestral career on the violin, had not played for two years. But, encouraged by their mutual passion for music, she battled through the new limitations to relearn her instrument and discovered a love and skill for singing.
Not long after the couple met costume designer and accordion player Rosie Bristow they started to perform Irish, American and Balkan folk songs together at open mics and dive bars. They were cutting their teeth, learning the ropes.
By 2015 the trio had moved to Newcastle and met jazz/funk bass player, Jamie Shields, and Tommy Evans – who would give Keith Moon a run for his money – on drums. The gang began to blend their love of the folk tradition with a contemporary rock sound, influenced by a wide range of artists – from Cold War Kids to Gogol Bordello and Jack White.
Tickets will go on sale on the 23rd of February at 10am.
14+ (under 16s must be accompanied by an adult)