Saturday & Sunday
Pilgrims’ Way – Off the wall, colourful, energetic.
With influences starting in early music, passing through Playford and the Morris traditions, picking up prog, soul, rock and pop, it’s impossible to categorise the sound they make as folk music is fed through their unique steam driven sound-mincing engine.
Stand and Deliver! Hand over your lupins!
Pilgrims’ Way present a themed show packed full of highwaymen, robbers, and brigands, their stories told through traditional English folk song and 1980s disco.
Avoided at all costs, scorned and mocked, these villainous figures have fascinated and alarmed the good people of England for years. Now they’ve made an show about highwaymen.
Pilgrims’ Way are often accused of stealing a living, so it made perfect sense to draw from the rich seam of the highwayman ballad. From the derring-do of Robin Hood bashing the bishop, via Dick Turpin’s doomed attempt to obtain legal aid under a Tory government, to ‘The Box on her Head’, the dramatic and unforgettable tale of a young lady with a box on her head, the album covers centuries of inflated stories, glorified violence, sexual innuendo, and the common man breaking all the rules in a desperate bid to put right what once went wrong, and hoping each time that his next leap will be the leap home.
Incorporating over 40 instruments, a dozen songs, and a riotous feel-good energy throughout, this is a magnificent tour-de-force by a band at the absolute peak of their overdraft.