Willie Barr - mandolin
Ian Button - drums
Joss Cope - bass
Stu Crane - slide guitar
Polly MacLean - b vox
Eilish McCracken - violin/whistle/flute/piano
Joe Murphy - voice/guitar
Sergeant Buzfuz are a South London septet led by songwriter Joe Murphy who also plays solo and co-runs the Blang record label. Joe's songs are a mixture of the pop, post-punk and folk he grew up listening to in Sheffield and the Irish story-telling tradition of his ancestors.
2015 album "Balloons For Thin Linda" was critically acclaimed and the band had a half page feature in R2 magazine.
Previous album “Go To The Devil And Shake Yourself” (2012) was championed by Gideon Coe, who played tracks seven times on BBC 6 and novelist Ian Rankin, who listed it in his top 20 albums of the year.
Joe has toured solo in Ireland, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and the USA.
Praise for "Balloons For Thin Linda" album (2015):
"Tailor-made for late night folk-festival beer-tent shenanigans" R2 (live review)
"a clear influence of late 60s folk psychedelia... a political commitment shines through" R2 album review
"Imagine if Billy Bragg and The Beatles collaborated " FATEA
"the album Ray Davies has been trying to make for the last forty years." RUSS CHANDLER, WALTHAMSTOW FOLK CLUB
"21st century folk... a delight" AMERICANA UK
"one of the freshest and most original records out now, reminds me a bit of The Kinks" RADIO FREE AMERICANA
Praise for previous work:
“It's mental - in a good way! Absolutely hooked on it" IAN RANKIN, NOVELIST “One of my favourite songs for some time"” MARK LAMARR, BBC RADIO 2
“brave” SOCIALIST WORKER
“I find myself almost lost for words...absolutely glorious” PETER MUGGS, THE ARTS DESK
“an eye-opener and an eyebrow-raiser” GIDEON COE, BBC 6 MUSIC
“absolutely brilliant” TOM ROBINSON, BBC 6 MUSIC
“Ceaselessly inventive" TIMEOUT
“Universally charming” NME
"perverse and memorable, modern-day folk music." MORNING STAR