Welcome to The Pitmatics

The Pitmatics is an exciting new folk band with its roots in the language and music of the North of England. Original and cover songs tell powerful stories with great arrangements, superb musicianship and stunning harmonies.

“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):

  • John Birkby: mandola, guitar, banjo
  • Heather Harding: keyboard, tenor horn, accordion
  • Phil Underwood: melodeons, concertina, long neck banjo, guitar
  • Caroline Riches: fiddle
  • Ned Lawton: whistles, uilleann pipes, bodhran
  • Denise Dryburgh: percussion


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