Nigel Burch and the Flea-Pit Orchestra / Bio

Nigel Burch and the Flea-Pit Orchestra have been invigorating (and intoxicating) music fans for over a decade with their original brand of alternative music. The band is a high-energy acoustic trio and possibly best described by The Guardian as “a cross between the music of Ian Dury, Brecht and Weil, an Irish pub band and a 1950s skiffle group. Songs of urban alienation with plenty of fierce, spontaneous playing.” Flea-Pit Music is twisted skiffle, spit-and-sawdust vaudeville and Cockney-Brechtian folk-punk cabaret from Burch, the banjulele-bashing bard and his musical misfits. Dylan Bates, typsy gypsy fiddler extraordinaire (the Paganini of Penge) adds a jazz-tinged playful poignancy and, with the inimitable Richard Lee on double bass, Burch's dark and gritty bittersweet ditties are delivered with wit, fiery spontaneity and vitriolic fervour. You can hear the new release on BandCamp at http://nigelburchandthefleapitorchestra.bandcamp.com/ and selections from the back catalogue on the FaceBook band page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nigel-Burch-and-the-Flea-Pit-Orchestra/224774867612790 on the Band Profile tab. In short the band is a must see live and playing multiple festivals this summer on the back of the new release The Worst Is Yet To Come and the musical film It’s All Falling To Bits, to be released in June.

General Info

Band Members
Nigel Burch - vocals/banjolele, Dylan Bates - violin, Richard Lee - double bass
Artist Name
Nigel Burch and the Flea-Pit Orchestra
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Active Since
Alternative / Folk/punk / Spit-and-sawdust vaudeville

Contact Info

London, UK
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