Category: Press

2011-2012

  Amazingly, on this, their fifth album (Groanbox) have fashioned an array of material that’s as diverting as ever, the opening Po’Boy rockin’ like something Clifton Chenier might have pushed our way on a particularly lively Zydeco night. Then comes the first switch when Bunco Artist proves to be the kind of song that could […]

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2010

With touches of Africa, the Balkans and Siberia bleeding into their wayward Americana, and full-blooded singing that wouldn’t have disgraced Levon Helm in his pomp, these global good ol’ boys could be onto a winning formula. -Mark Hudson, The Telegraph June 13, 2010. If they ever transfer Twin Peaks II to New Orleans this could […]

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2009

A pair of LSE/Johns Hopkins and Berklee graduates plus an academically trained percussionist cast as a trio of shamanistic gypsies singing the ethno-musicological blues might seem a stretch. But the proof is in the grooves and here they’re dub-deep thanks to Michael Ward-Bergeman’s accordion, tweaked to Augustus Pablo/King Tubby-strength melodica melancholy and seismic boom. Within […]

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2008

Found instruments, playing found music, music that is genuinely unique although firmly grounded in traditional folk and blues. Being inspired is one thing, but making inspiring music is another, and the two don’t always go together. With the Groanbox Boys though there’s never a moment when their music isn’t inspired. They draw the listener into […]

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2007 and Prior

The music is absolutely enthralling and goes deep into the roots of popular music… –The Archer, East Finchley, London. What makes the Groanbox Boys unique and might explain their success is their distinct instrumentation… -Amandine Surier, Martha’s Vineyard Times. What a revelation The Groanbox Boys proved to be last Tuesday! In my humble opinion they […]

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