The Travelling Band

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The Travelling Band
Nick Vaal and Jo Dudderidge of The Travelling Band.jpg
Nick Vaal and Jo Dudderidge performing with The Travelling Band in Salford on 31st January 2013. Image © Emma Farrer 2013 and used with her permission.
Background information
Origin Manchester, England
Genres Alternative rock, indie folk
Years active 2006–present
Labels Sideways Saloon
Cooking Vinyl
Website The Travelling Band
Members Adam Gorman
Jo Dudderidge
Nick Vaal
Harry Smith
Past members Snaf Ballinger
Steve Mullen
Chris Spencer

The Travelling Band are a rock band from Manchester, England. The band members are Jo Dudderidge (lead vocals, acoustic guitar, hammond organ/piano, electric guitar), Adam P. Gorman (lead vocal, electric guitar, synth) and Nick Vaal (drums, percussion). Prominent touring members include Harry Fausing Smith (violin, sax, guitars, vocals), Chris Hillman (electric guitar, pedal steel) and Sam Quinn (bass guitar). Previous full-time members include Steve Ballinger (vocals, guitars, keys), Steve 'Mugger' Mullen (lead guitar) and Chris 'Spenny' Spencer (bass guitar).

The band have released three studio albums 'Under the Pavement' (2008), Screaming is Something (2011) and The Big Defreeze (2014). They have also released two EP's 'If this is a gag, i'm in.' (2007) and 'The Redemption of Mr Tom' (2008) as well as two live album 'Arrears not careers' (2010) and 'Live at The Met' (2014).

History[edit]

The Travelling Band formed during a recording project in 2006 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in New York City. The band recorded their debut studio album 'Under The Pavement' with legendary producer (and former Joan Jett and Steve Earl guitarist) Eric 'Roscoe' Ambel, which was later released in the UK in November 2008 to receiving critical acclaim from the UK media.[1] The album featured as BBC Radio 6 Music 'Album Of The Day', BBC Radio 2's 'Single Of The Week' with the song 'Only Waiting', which also featured in the hit TV series 'Skins' (Series 3, Ep. 8). Album track 'Angel of the morning' also featured in the Ian Dury biopic 'Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll'.

Although the tracking for Under the Pavement was completed after a second session in NYC in October 2007, the album didn't appear for another 12 months and was finally issued on their own 'Sideways Saloon' imprint—also the moniker of their Manchester-based, monthly club night. Two hand-crafted, cloth-packaged EP's helped to create a local buzz in the run up to the album's release, while acclaim came from further afield when the band won the Glastonbury Festival 2008 New Talent award.[2] Festival organiser Micheal Eavis personally chose the band as winners and said of the band - "they take me back to my roots... marvellous music to saviour and enjoy".[3]

The band toured extensively for 2 years following their debuts release with notable appearances at Glastonbury Festival, End of the Road, NXNE (Toronto) and Tbilisi Open Air Festival (Georgia). In 2009 the band became the first British act to visit and perform in Kosovo performing several times in Podujevo and Pristina as part of a peaceful commemoration organised by Manchester Aid to Kosovo (MAK) of a massacre that had taken place in Podujevo in 1999 during the Kosova War.

In 2010 the band began to record their second album with an initial recording session on the Isle of Mull followed by overdubs in their home studio set ups and at Moolah Rogue Studios in Stockport. They returned to New York City to perform at CMJ Festival and it was during this trip that they were scouted by Cooking Vinyl Publishing. In 2011 The Travelling Band signed with the Record Label, Cooking Vinyl[4] to release their self-produced second studio album 'Screaming Is Something', recorded on the Isle of Mull, which received notable reviews.[5][6][7] The band toured extensively that year with notable appearances at SXSW festival, Green Man Festival and Cropredy.

In April 2011 the band performed at two fundraisers for the charity compilation 'Ten' which was curated by lead singer Jo Dudderidge. The album featured Manchester artists and bands such as Elbow, Cherry Ghost, Doves, Josephine Oniyama, Liz Green, Jo Rose and Liam Frost as well as The Travelling Band who performed with Badly Drawn Boy as his band on the launch nights. The album sales and concerts raised over £15,000 for the Manchester Aid to Kosovo charity. Further fundraisers took place at The Eden Project in Cornwall where the band performed alongside Fleet Foxes, The Flaming Lips and The Bees on two separate occasions.

In early 2012 the band took a break from the road and began writing third album. They ran a successful crowd funded Pledge Music campaign which they raised the money to record with Producer Iestyn Polson (Patti Smith, David Gray) at The Church Studios in Crouch End, London. The album was released in the UK and Europe in August 2014 on Sideways Saloon via Republic of Music.

Theft of Equipment[edit]

In December 2014 The Travelling Band made headlines in the national press after their van containing £30,000 of equipment was stolen from a street in Levenshulme, Manchester. The band appealed for help on social media [8] and their story was quickly picked up by many local news outlets including the Manchester Evening News [9] and BBC Manchester [10] before being published in the NME and The Daily Mirror.[11] On 12 December, Greater Manchester Police announced that they had recovered both the van and equipment [12] and The Travelling Band later announced a special one off gig at The Deaf Institute in Manchester to celebrate the return of their van and thank their fans for the help in the recovery of the vehicle.[13]

Discography[edit]

Albums

  • Under The Pavement (2008)
  • Arrears not careers - live album (2010)
  • Screaming Is Something (2011)
  • Live at The Met (2014)
  • The Big Defreeze' (2014)

Singles and EPs

  • If this is a gag, i'm in EP (2007)
  • The Redemption of Mr Tom EP (2008)
  • The Horizon, Me And You (2009)
  • Fairweather Friends (2011)
  • Sundial mmxi (2011)
  • Battlescars (2011)
  • Hands Up (2013)
  • Passing Ships (2014)
  • Pinhole Sounds Volume One (2016)

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