Welcome to The Pitmatics

The Pitmatics is an exciting 4-piece folk band with a focus on storytelling. Original and cover songs tell powerful tales with great arrangements, superb musicianship and stunning harmonies.

“Thanks to you and your band for giving us a great evening. I appreciated the range of instruments and well crafted songs, tunes and arrangements. .everyone enjoyed it..” Chequers Folk Club 15June22

“This four-piece band play multiple and varied instruments and use thought provoking lyrics, mixed with funny and sing-along songs, to keep their audiences entertained. They also perform many self-penned numbers and some creative arrangements on modern classics.” York House Centre

“Absolutely spectacular – we have a bit of treasure in here tonight” – Sue Marchant, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire. 09/09/2018.

“..inventive, varied and passionate.. first class performance .. impressive .. Re-booked!’ – Gary Painting, Organiser, Rugby Folk Club

..incredibly talented musicians playing both mining songs of old and their own original arrangements. A great foot tapping way to start the Saturday night line up!” Tessa O’Neill, Organiser, Dinglefest.

“.. a fantastic evening, with an exceptional and very talented bunch of musicians – folk music it’s the new rock and roll – catch them if you can.” John Joe Dunne 2018

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Lineup (L-R):

  • Phil Underwood: melodeons, concertina, long neck banjo, guitar, vocals
  • Denise Dryburgh: percussion, vocals
  • Ned Lawton: whistles, uilleann pipes, bodhran, vocals
  • John Birkby: mandola, guitar, banjo, vocals


pitmatic, n. Pron. /pɪtˈmatɪkA patois used by miners in the north-east of England. aka Yakka. (OED)

The first citation in the OED entry for pitmatic is taken from The Times of 21 August 1885, in which a bewildered writer reports on a visit to a colliery foreman’s office ‘thronged with men talking an unintelligible language known, I was informed, as Pitmatic’. Source: OED