Hartlepool based The Jar Family are five individual songwriters and musicians, who decided that, rather than strive for success in isolation, they would join forces to pool their talent.
Although on paper the idea of five very different and charismatic personalities with a wide range of musical styles working together harmoniously seems unlikely, the stunning results of their work to date speak for themselves. Taking their name from the donations jar they passed around at early gigs, the band are a tight knit group who had the foresight to realise that they were stronger collectively than they were individually.
Styled ‘Industrial Folk’ – these musicians from the North East are stunning. Specially invited back to Blues on the Farm 2015 after storming the festival in 2014 – festival organiser JM tipped them as ones to watch “a superb band….. One looks like a 60s Dylan, whilst another is an archetypical stevedore type with waistcoat, bowler and tattoos and looks like he spits rivets into ship plates for a living. Together they make a great sound “ These very different, charismatic personalities with a wide range of musical styles work together harmoniously, sharing lead vocals and their clever, highly musical, selfpenned songs immediately stay in your mind. Echoes of Beatles, Oasis with originality, edge, grit and truth. You might just recognise the excellent Keith Wilkinson (ex Squeeze, Jools Holland) on bass.
To pursue their ambitious vision some tough early decisions had to be made. With few musical opportunities and even less resources at their disposal in their native North East the band temporarily moved away from their families in Hartlepool and relocated to a deserted farm in the remote Cambridgeshire countryside. There they built themselves a basic rehearsal studio and living in a ramshackle collection of old caravans for over a year they started to develop and refine what was to become the Jar Family sound.
A relentless touring schedule, which has seen the band appearing as special guests to a number of established artists such as Jake Bugg, Babyshambles, Alabama 3 and others has brought their raucous and engaging shows to all corners of the country. Picking up an ever-growing army of admirers as a result of this live activity the band has now established a major fan base of fanatical supporters throughout the UK.