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An Unusual Welsh Band
Band Anarferol Cymreig
Never Mind the Bocs are an acoustic band from North Wales. Collectively, the range of their experience in roots music (from Cajun to ceilidhs, via Blues and folk-rock) ensures a fresh and unique approach to traditional Welsh music and song.|
Neil Browning is one of North Wales' leading button accordion players. His debut instrumental album "Scwîsbocs" ("squeezebox", in Welsh phonetics) was released in 1999 on Sain records, to critical acclaim. A while back, Neil was the guitarist with top roots-rock band Bluehorses, but now with Never Mind the Bocs he is back centre stage once again, on melodeon, acoustic guitar and bouzouki.
In addition to her leading role on vocals, Meg Browning is a talented bodhrán- and box-player in her own right. She also has a unique voice as a composer and songwriter, being responsible for much of the band's original material.
Completing the line-up is Pete Walton on double bass. As well as providing the foundation for Never Mind the Bocs, he can also be spotted on double bass with Welsh singer-songwriter legend Steve Eaves, or on fiddle with Cajuns Denbo (which also features Neil on cajun accordion).
Although for many years a five-piece (including Kate Browning on vocals, clarinets, and whistles, and Dave Browning on drums and percussion), the new trio line-up is proving to work equally well. The band's original material is usually in English, but in keeping with the area in which they live the traditional songs in their repertoire are sung in Welsh.
2014 saw the release of their second album, "A Moon to Hang Coats On", which features new material from the original five-piece band as well as the more recent trio lineup. As it turns out, practically all our music can still be performed live by the 'NMTB-lite' trio!
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