Welcome to The Pitmatics
The Pitmatics is an exciting new folk band with a focus on storytelling. Original and cover songs tell powerful tales with great arrangements, superb musicianship and stunning harmonies.
“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
- 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. /pɪtˈmatɪk/ A 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