We Are The Model Folk


Photo at Purbeck Valley Folk Festival 2016 by Stephen Jones of Dorset Bays Photography

A Brief History

A long time ago in circumstances best described as vague, the nucleus of The Model Folk was born. We are a six piece band hailing from the deepest darkest reaches of North Somerset. Our sound is an eclectic cocktail of influences that could loosely fit in the folk canon. Live shows are full of self-deprecating humour, romance, pathos, audience engagement and interaction; this creates an intimacy which feels more akin to a family get together than a gig; with tunes such as Nipples for Men and Naked in The Kitchen, our aim is to get everyone smiling and tapping their feet. The music is created with clarinet wizardry, trumpets & trombones; topped off with epic harmonies; with influences from The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, Curtis Eller, Frank Zappa, Robyn Hitchcock, Ani DiFranco, Cardiacs, Tom Waits, Beirut, Fiona Apple, Bob Marley, Glitzy Bag Hags, John Martyn and many others but sounding like none of them. As one recent gig attendee said to us “you may go not knowing the songs, but you end up wondering why on earth you hadn’t known them all your life!”.


Photo by Tony Barrett-Powell @ http://www.tbpphoto.co.uk


Mandolin, Singing, Harmonium, Ukelele, Bouzouki, Melodica, Washboard, Songsmith.
Likes: Trains. Tea. Badgers.


Singing, Guitar, Harmonium, Songsmith.
Sometimes loses count of his own LEGS.
Likes: Woodlice. Selling The Model Folk’s Merchandise as The Shopgirl.


Epic Man Sized Violin and singing, accordion, ukelele. Songsmithery.
Likes: Vans.


Clarinet and singing, occasional bass, and of course, printer installation
Likes: Printers & Juggling.

The Miggle

Drumset, trumpet, occasional bass, percussion and singing.
Definitely some shouting and occasional songsmithing too.
Likes: Haute Couture, Olympic Dressage, Soufflés, Raspberry Jus and a Balsamic Foam

The Earl Of Arran

the earl of arran
Trumpet and Singing. We let him sing. But we do not like him doing it.
Likes: His hair.

Brave Sir Thomas

Trumpet and Singing. Brave Sir Thomas is our NEW Trumpet. He is here when The Earl of Arran is not here. Yes, that is correct. This TRUMPET can sing. He can also twirl a baton.
Likes: Gardening, Skateboarding & Moustaches

Little Aspy

Trombone and Singing. Little Aspy is famed for his IMPRESSIVE BULK and a cunning way with the trombone.
Likes: Toast, and small things which squeak.