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Hailing from the Great White Mountains of New Hampshire, Yankee Cockfight was a concept developed in 2009 between The Mighty Junior (vocals/harmonica) and Scrimmy the Dirtbag (guitar/kick drum). Both musicians grew up in the woods and to this day a rural sentimentality permeates their work. Yankee Cockfight was originally an outlet to filter their eclectic musical influences, ranging from punk rock to blues to country. They played their first show off the cuff without even rehearsing. And they still play every show without a set list.
It’s not punk, it’s not blues, it’s not country. You can’t describe it. It’s an experience. It’s primal and it’s real. You have to see it for yourself.
YCF has shared the stage with friends such as Scott H. Biram, Joe Buck, Antiseen, Lenny Lashley, Filthy Still, Backwoods Payback, Viva Le Vox, Phillip Roebuck, Larry and His Flask, Big Bad Bollocks, The Jabbers, and Angry Johnny, among many others. YCF has played all across the northeast, including the Middle East, Harper’s Ferry, and the Plough & Stars in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Dover Brickhouse in Dover, New Hampshire, Geno’s in Portland, Maine, AS220 in Providence, Rhode Island, and many many others.
Yankee Cockfight has developed a loyal fan base playing hundreds of shows and brutally honest music. “More impressive, many in the crowd kn[o]w the words to the all-original music…a budding scene has evolved around them at places like Milly’s Tavern and Mad Bob’s in Manchester, and Seacoast venues like the Dover Brickhouse.” –The Hippo Press
It’s two individuals combining chaos and harmony. It’s weird. Keep ridin.