Five years in, give or take, and Thursday’s Band feels like the best thing we’ve ever done.
Three singers, two guitars, fiddles, violas and mandolin - doesn’t really do it justice.
Three songwriters, drawing on different styles, doesn’t even hint at the variety.
‘No genre’ might give you a clue. There’s a bit of folk, a dash of country, a touch of Spanish, a cajun flourish, even a whisper of rock. And a healthy dose of classical, when virtuoso strings start to soar over locked-down guitars. We’re all about the songs but we love to bounce them along with a strong repertoire of tunes, set against occasional covers of our favourite songs.
Our two albums and EP can be ordered online at www.clunkandarattle.com.
Lucinda Fudge - viola, fiddle, voice
Lucinda became the final crucial ingredient in Thursday's Band when she joined in January 2015. She has also played over several years with Cambridge based musicians Clare Hayes and Johnny Wright, and is a third of Rosalie’s Lover, an all-female trio who have performed at Cambridge Folk Festival and other venues in the region. She plays viola in a string quartet, performing at events in and around Cambridge, and a trio playing lunchtime recitals. Lu studied music at Trinity College of Music Junior Department and Birmingham University. In her spare time she tends a 7 year old and an allotment.
Mark Gamon - guitar, voice
Mark is a writer who’s had a guitar in his hand since he was 12. He writes many of the songs played by Thursday’s Band, but gleefully expects to be overtaken by the band's other two writers. He released his second solo album, Deck - featuring all of Thursday's Band - in 2015. His first solo album, Layer, came out in 2012; more recently he's worked with Cambridge's Daniel Nestlerode and Lizzie J Taylor, playing on albums for both. Over the years he’s played in several musical incarnations - including 70s prog, an acoustic duo with David Hardie in the 90s, and the memorably named Dewhursts (also featuring Nick Blishen) in the early 80s.
Matt Kelly - fiddle, mandolin, viola, voice
Matt played in postpunk group Strumpet City in Brighton in the mid-eighties, and with The Lizards, a cajun and blues band in South London in the late 80s. He played in Ti-fer Cajun Band in the 1990s. He also had a brief stint as alto sax player in West London-based soul band Raj and the Magitones in the early 90s. He has recorded on various albums, including The Lizards' Promised Land, Tony Hill's Inexactness (heavy rock) and Mary Lou Lord's Baby Blue (Americana). He also plays in cajun/folk duo Kelly & Woolley, with guitarist singer and songwriter Gary Woolley. Their second CD Miner's Eyes (on Clunk and Rattle of course!) came out in 2018. Matt has just retired from his day job as an English Teacher, and plays lots of classical music on violin and viola. In his spare time, he is a political activist and tends his allotment.
Nick Blishen - guitar
Nick was rhythm guitarist in Enfield based rock group Omaha in the early 70's, supporting bands as diverse as Mungo Jerry, Ace and Sutherland Brothers & Quiver. Subsequently he met Mark and they formed The Dewhursts, a band who could 'butcher any song they chose to perform'. Later he joined Mark again in Sky West, then co-formed Roundabout 7, which morphed into Thursday's Band. Nick is a luthier and guitar repairer, and teaches guitar making at his workshop in Hertford.