The Jepettos

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The Jepettos
Origin Belfast and Derry,
Northern Ireland
Genres Alternative folk
Years active 2011 (2011)–present
Labels Unsigned
Associated acts The Lowly Knights
Members
  • Michael Aicken
  • Ruth Aicken
  • Emma Flanagan
  • Colm Hinds
  • Daniel Kerr
  • Michael Andrews
  • Jonny Ashe
  • Laura-Jane Hughes
  • Sarah Williamson
  • Scott Jamison

The Jepettos are an alternative folk band from Belfast and Derry, Northern Ireland. The band was formed in February 2011[1] and consists of writer members Michael Aicken (vocals, guitars) and Ruth Aicken (vocals, various instruments) alongside an alternating line-up of musicians.[2] Highlights in the band's career have included supporting rapper Tinie Tempah[3] and sharing the bill with Foo Fighters and The Black Keys at Tennent's Vital in 2012.[4]

History[edit]

After performing together with Northern Ireland folk act The Lowly Knights,[5] Michael and Ruth Aicken initially formed The Jepettos with Derry trio Emma Flanagan (clarinet, glockenspiel), Colm Hinds (bass) and Daniel Kerr (drums, glockenspiel).[2] Since formation the group has also variously contained additional musicians Michael Andrews (bass), Scott Jamison (drums, glockenspiel), Jonny Ashe (electric guitar), Laura-Jane Hughes (trumpet) and Sarah Williamson (oboe).[6] The band is named after Mister Geppetto, the father of fictional character Pinocchio.[7]

The group released their debut EP Start a New People in January 2012. Single "Goldrush" was released initially as a free download,[8] and featured Duke Special on piano.[7] The single garnered positive reviews from Hot Press magazine and the Daily Mirror,[9][7] and a music video, directed by Marty Stalker, was produced to accompany the release.[7]

The Jepettos made a number of showcase performances during the summer and autumn of 2012. They performed in July at Glasgowbury Festival,[9] and then in August the band was selected to play the new second stage at the annual Tennent's Vital festival, sharing the bill with The Black Keys and Foo Fighters.[10] At Arthur's Day 2012 the group supported English rapper Tinie Tempah live in Belfast.[3]

In 2013 The Jepettos released "Water", a single featuring cellist and singer Alana Henderson.[11] Henderson has since joined the backing group for Irish singer-songwriter Hozier, performing across the world and on national US television.[12] The song was chosen as BBC Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens' "Introducing Discovery" in September 2013.[13]

Discography[edit]

The Jepettos discography
Music videos 7
EPs 3
Singles 7

Extended plays[edit]

Year EP details Peak chart positions
UK
2012 Start a New People
  • Released: 6 January 2012[14]
  • Label: N/A
  • Format: CD, Download
2013 Troubles
  • Released: 15 December 2013[15]
  • Label: N/A
  • Format: CD, Download
2014 Closer

Singles[edit]

Year Title[17] Chart Positions Album
UK IRL UK Indie
2012 "Goldrush" Start a New People
2013 "Chemicals" Troubles
"Water" (featuring Alana Henderson and Scott Jamison)
2014 "Even Though"
"What You Said"
"Orchard" (featuring Tabitha Agnew)
2015 "Møving Ūndergrøūnd" (with Cup O' Joe)
"—" denotes that a title did not chart.

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director
2012 "Goldrush" Marty Stalker[18]
2013 "Chemicals" Darren Lee[19]
"Water" (featuring Alana Henderson and Scott Jamison) Matt Rutherfoord-Jones and Paul Elliot[11]
2014 "What You Said" Matt Rutherfoord-Jones and Paul Elliot[20]
"Even Though" Wolfhound Media[21]
"Orchard" (featuring Tabitha Agnew) Matt Rutherfoord-Jones and Paul Elliot[22]
2015 "Møving Ūndergrøūnd" Jørn Ranum and Inge Wegge[23]
ed. Paul Elliot[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Across the Line (8 December 2011). "That New Band Smell: The Jepettos". BBC Online. Retrieved 30 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Fallaha, Simon (13 January 2012). "EP REVIEW: Start a New People". culturenorthernireland.org. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Cuffe, Aidan Cuffe (26 September 2012). "Arthur's Day 2012 lineup". goldenplec.com. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Strabane's Gerard i2 in T Vital slot to support the Stone Roses". Derry Journal. 21 August 2012. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  5. ^ Carberry, Colin (26 August 2008). "Knight fever". Hot Press. p. 2. Archived from the original on 9 July 2013. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "The Jepettos | About". Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c d McKeown, Brendan; Whyte, Mark (19 October 2012). "In front by a nose". Daily Mirror. Box Office. p. 3. 
  8. ^ "Goldrush | The Jepettos". bandcamp.com. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  9. ^ a b "Glasgowbury". Hot Press. Vol. 36 no. 13. 18 July 2012. p. 41. 
  10. ^ "Tennent's UnTapped finalists to play at Tennent's Vital Bar". Ballymena Times. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "Water – The Jepettos (ft Alana Henderson & Scott Jamison (GO WOLF)". YouTube. 8 August 2013. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  12. ^ Savage, Joanne (20 June 2014). "Q&A: Alana Henderson". Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  13. ^ Stephens, Huw (24 September 2013). "BBC Introducing Discovery: The Jepettos – Water". BBC Online. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  14. ^ "Start a New People". bandcamp.com. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  15. ^ "Gig Guide: The Jepettos 'Troubles' EP Launch". thethinair.net. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  16. ^ "Closer – EP". iTunes. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  17. ^ "The Jepettos". MusicBrainz. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  18. ^ "The Jepettos Music Video". scatteredimages.co.uk. 25 July 2012. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  19. ^ "Here's the video we made for "The Jepettos"". maverickrenegade.net. 14 July 2013. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  20. ^ "What You Said – The Jepettos". YouTube. 7 February 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  21. ^ ""The Jepettos - Even Though" on FDRMX". Wolfhound Media. 6 May 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  22. ^ "Water – The Jepettos (ft. Tabitha Agnew of CUP O' JOE)". YouTube. 2 May 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  23. ^ "The Jepettos & Cup O' Joe – Moving Underground". fdrmx.com. 10 February 2015. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  24. ^ "Moving Underground – The Jepettos & Cup O' Joe". YouTube. 4 February 2015. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 

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