Under the Driftwood Tree

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Under the Driftwood Tree
Background information
Also known asUDWT
OriginCardiff, Wales
Genresacoustic rock, alternative rock, folk, indie rock, folk rock
Years active2009–2013, 2019–
LabelsAmped in'Sain, Driftup records, BBC Music
Associated actsJack Johnson; Kitt Stoodley; Noah and the Whale; Mowgli Mob
MembersKitt Stoodley, Robbie Price, Alex Perry, Samuel Lloyd Griffiths, Ian Jenkins
Past membersDylan Thomas, Kathryn Shanahan

Under the Driftwood Tree (also known as UDWT) are a Cardiff-based band founded in Wales by Kitt Stoodley in 2008. Their music is described as 'surfer folk' and is based on vocal harmonies and unusual instruments, including ukulele, didgeridoo,[1] djembe, cajon and accordion as well as acoustic guitars and bass.[2]


The band originated as an acoustic guitar duo consisting of Chris Stoodley and Dylan Thomas (of Pwllheli) after the pair had met whilst performing at "Open Mic at the Gate" in Cardiff during the Autumn of 2008. The band name is an adaptation of "The Milk Wood" by Thomas's namesake. Stoodley and Thomas recorded their first song together in December 2008 entitled 'Gone For A Week'. In February 2009 Thomas left the group to pursue other interests.

Stoodley met the other members of UDWT through shared interests in music and surfing. Alex Perry on lead guitar and Robbie Price on vocals and rhythm guitar, from Pembroke, joined Cardiff based Kitt Stoodley on vocals and Ukulele and Kathryn Shanahan from Tipperary in Ireland on vocals and djembe drum as a four-piece surf style folk band in February 2009. They began playing regularly at popular live music venues in Cardiff and were the Welsh winners of the Surface Unsigned Festival in 2009, shortlisted from 30,000 applicants[3] and performed at IndigO2 in The O2 in London. In 2010 they were joined by Samuel Lloyd Griffiths on Bass and performed at The Eden Sessions with Jack Johnson in Cornwall on 26 June 2010.[4]

In 2013, Price and Shanahan had an argument about whether or not Fools' Gold exists in the forests of County Tipperary, or whether it was an invention by Manchester band The Stone Roses; which led to Price jumping out of a moving taxi, and then Shanahan leaving the band and returning to Ireland. After this point, UDWT went quiet for a number of years, until Ian Jenkins joined the band in 2019 as a percussion player.

In 2019 Chris changed name to his stage name Kitt Stoodley during his campaign to promote his solo material and his own record label "Amped In'Sain". The year also saw the announcement on the bands Facebook page that Under The Driftwood Tree had reformed and will play a live come back show at the "10 Feet Tall" music bar in Cardiff on September 2019 . Whether this return is just a re-union or a permanent one and if the band will finally release their long-awaited debut album is still yet to be announced. In the July of 2019 a compilation album featuring the bands unreleased material from 2010-2013 was released on Bandcamp entitled "If Only If: The Collection.

Band members[edit]

Current members
  • Kitt Stoodley - Vocals, Ukulele, Guitar, Accordion, Didgeridoo, Djembe
  • Robbie Price - Vocals, Guitar, Accordion
  • Alex Perry - Lead Guitar
  • Samuel Lloyd Griffiths - Bass
  • Ian Jenkins - Percussion
Former members
  • Dylan Thomas - Bass, Vocals, Guitar
  • Kathryn Shanahan - Vocals, Percussion, Accordion

Television and radio[edit]

In May 2010 Under the Driftwood Tree played a live session on the BBC Radio Wales Evening Show.[5] This has since led to them being invited to play the UK Number 1 live each Monday on Radio Cardiff, as well as performing on RTÉ Radio 1.[6]

Although they did not get through to the final their appearance on the Sky talent show Must Be The Music led to Fearne Cotton inviting them to perform live on her radio show on 14 December 2010.[7]


  • "If Only If" (2011)

Albums and EPs[edit]

  • BBC Introduces: Under The Driftwood Tree E.P. (2010) (released in limited numbers)
  • If Only If: The Collection (2019) (A compilation album featuring the bands unreleased material from 2010-2013)


  1. ^ "Under the Driftwood Tree". Miniature Music Press. Retrieved 15 January 2011.
  2. ^ "Green Man Festival". Retrieved 28 December 2010.
  3. ^ "Under the Driftwood Tree". Retrieved 28 December 2010.
  4. ^ "The Eden Sessions '10". Retrieved 28 December 2010. |first= missing |last= (help)
  5. ^ "Under the Driftwood Tree in session". BBC Radio. 4 May 2010. Retrieved 28 December 2010.
  6. ^ "An Evening of Original Songs from 'Under the Driftwood Tree'". Retrieved 28 December 2010.
  7. ^ "Cardiff Band Under the Driftwood Tree invited to Radio One". Wales Online. 14 December 2010. Retrieved 28 December 2010.

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