The Legendary snakeSNAKEsnake are a musical Burrow hill-billy three piece from Somerset featuring guitar, banjo, melodica and cello. They describe their sound as Johnny Cash meets Hayseed Dixie and The Ramones. A sort of country, cowpunk, vaudeville, mish mash.
Chris (Vocals and Guitar) and Kev (Banjo, Melodica, Vocals) first played together in rowdy ska-punkateers Bucket* where they shared their love of cider, road movies and celebrity baiting. After a few years it was felt that perhaps they were ‘too old’ for punk and they turned their attention to the next logical musical step for white trash: country. Kev picked up a banjo and having long been fans of Johnny Cash, they began playing some of his songs along with other country and bluegrass numbers before beginning to work on their own compositions. They named the band after a variation on the snakebite drink (instead of cider and beer, three different ciders together).
As the sound developed they realized that something was missing, a fellow cider drinking troubadour who could complete the sound. That was Ben who joined on cello, simultaneously filling the roles of bassist and fiddle with a unique twist.
In 2015 they release their debut album “The Gentlemen’s Kitchen” (available on bandcamp) and they are now working on their second.
To hear a couple of recordings go to our SoundsSs page or watch the Youtube playlist.
Since then The Legendary snakeSNAKEsnake have honed their craft entertaining audiences all over – from weddings to wakes to wassails. In pubs, clubs, music festivals, cider festivals and chilli festivals. In barns, on lorries and on moving tractors. We’re just as happy on a big festival stage in front of a crowd of revellers as busking in the back room of your local.
More recently, 3 snakes have become 4 with the addition of Gerry on his beautiful double bass. We are currently writing and recording our second album and looking forward to taking it on the road in early 2018.
To call it bluegrass may offend the purists, but if you’ve never heard Duellin’ Banjos played on banjo, guitar, cello, harmonica, ukulele, xylophone, kazoo and stylophone, and you want to, then maybe they can help.
*(Before snakeSNAKEsnake the boys earned their stripes playing a wealth of gigs and concerts in a variety of outfits and situations. Prior to Bucket, Kev played in 90s ska fusion band Marshal Peanut and Chris in Downtown Superpunks, between them gaining a huge experience of touring and live performance playing with the likes of Muse, The Selecter, Bad Manners, Cork Jazz Festival, Glastonbury, The Mean Fiddler and headlining at Bristol’s Fleece and the Cavern in Exeter). Ben plays Cello in a range of groups, classical and rock and is often seeing playing alongside Evi Vine here and abroad).