Stick in the Wheel's official bio
Stick In The Wheel’s sound is a raw, fresh take on English Folk music. Their now-trademark abrasive delivery of both original and traditional tracks is not bland retroism, or empty nostalgia, but a voice linking now to then. A thousand miles away from waistcoats and wistful ladies, the songs are roughed up down dark alleys with lyrics that are direct, honest and caustic, but also eloquently poetic. The band is spearheaded by Nicola Kearey’s fierce uncompromising vocal delivery, accompanied by Fran Foote’s harmony vocal and underpinned by sparse taut arrangements.
Brought up in the thriving culture of working class London and cutting their teeth in its diverse musical landscape, they now bring those influences and attitudes to their traditional music. Stripped back to their bare components, their songs speak for themselves without ornament, telling tales of everyday life: carboot-swindlers, lorry drivers and London rioters, sitting seamlessly against traditional songs of prisons, hammer-wielding blacksmiths and 18th century madhouses.
“A shot in the arm for contemporary folk music” The Independent
“Rich in attitude and uncompromising intent” MOJO
“Urgent, tragic and triumphant” The Observer