Gentlemen of Few are a bluegrass folk band from Dover, Kent and they’ve been taking the world by storm lately on their European tour. The band may hail from East Kent, but when they come on stage you feel as if you’re being transported to a toe-tapping basement show in the deep south of the USA. Keyboardist Jarrod was kind enough to answer a few questions from us ahead of their gig at Canterbury Festival at the festival Spiegeltent on the 22nd October.
Describe your show in five words…
Loud, fun, crazy, bluegrass rocking.
Describe your first stage performance
It was a local pub on a simple scaffolding stage when we were about 13/14. We were scared but totally pumped. We got so much support and love that we haven’t stopped since!
What has been your most embarrassing moment on stage?
Luckily we haven’t had too many embarrassing moments but we did try playing a show without our guitarist once, that was embarrassing…
What would be your favourite night out?
A midnight trek into the wilderness or any gig where the people want to dance.
And your favourite night in?
A night in the keyboardist’s shed with friends, games, music and chats.
Who has been your greatest influence?
We have hundreds of influences and who we’re listening to changes from month to month. When writing, we try to allow as much freedom of choice with the influences we add to our music. Cool music and true lyrics is what we search for.
What is your pre-performance ritual?
Usually we’ll meet up in deal and load up our big, blue van, “The Nor”, then everyone gets to work, unloading, setting up and warming up a little. We just usually can’t wait to get on stage.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever had?
What advice would you give an aspiring performer?
A Walk in the country or night on the town?
A walk in the country.
Beer or wine?
YouTube or a good book?
Pub lunch or posh dinner?
A pub lunch