William Barr - mandolin
Ian Button - drums
Joss Cope - bass
Stu Crane - guitar
Polly MacLean - bvs
Eilsh McCracken - fiddle, flute, whistle
Joe Murphy - vox, guitar
Sergeant Buzfuz are an alternative folk septet based in south London led by Joe Murphy who also plays solo under his own name and co-runs the Blang record label. Joe's songs are a mixture of the pop. post-punk and folk he grew up listening to in Sheffield and the storytelling tradition of his Irish ancestors.
Fifth album "Go To The Devil And Shake Yourself" (2012) chronicled the story of the first fourteen centuries of the papacy. Gideon Coe played tracks seven times on his BBC 6 show. Ian Rankin listed it in his top twenty albums of the year. Joe and Polly performed the album as a show at the Edinburgh Free Fringe in 2012.
Sixth album "Balloons For Thin Linda" is due out in early 2015. Recording was finished in September 2013 but personal events have distracted Joe from organising its release. It's a collection of stories about London (and one about Sheffield).
Joe will record a solo album in the new year. This will be a more minimal folky affair. This should be followed by the next installment of papal history (a band album).
Sergeant Buzfuz have played BBC 6 Music sessions for Tom Robinson (twice) and Marc Riley.
Joe ran the Blang nights at London's 12 Bar Club for ten years from 2002 which gave birth to the Blang label.