John Bull & The Bandits
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John Bull & The Bandits

London, England, United Kingdom

London, England, United Kingdom
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Still working on that hot first release.


Feeling a bit camera shy


John Bull was born out of the collective imagination of Brothers Tom and Sam Bull. The Brothers grew up together on the south coast, picking guitars and listening to their early heroes Woody and Johnny. It was during these early years that the John Bull sound was born.
Elsewhere the various young Bandits were furiously learning their trade: how to beat skins, pull strings, and blow things.
As soon as he could John Bull headed to London for all reasons music. To begin with he busked under Blackfriars Bridge on the South Bank where he was often unceremoniously moved on by bigger buskers, crack heads, and police officers. He would appear at folk nights in Hackney, squats in Brixton, a retired crypt in Camberwell, an abandoned café in Haggerston – sometimes in more than one place at once.
As his following grew, so did John Bull’s stage. Two summers ago he was pulled from the South Bank to tour the length of Britain, playing in some of our stranger towns and bars such as the Adelphi in Hull (where Townes Van Zandt once played!) The Windmill in Brixton, and someone’s basement in Sheffield.
What John Bull did on tour was John Bull’s business, but what was everyone’s business was ‘Nobody’s Business’, the critically acclaimed 2008 film for which he wrote and recorded a mesmerising sound track. Numerous folk recordings also exist from this early period; some are easier to find than others.
Over time and places John Bull began to collect his Bandits and it was as ‘John Bull and the Bandits’ that he began to play venues such as the Fiddlers Elbow, the Half Moon, the Troubadour, Ronnie Scotts, the Proud Galleries, the Spice of Life, The Old Queens Head, Aint Nothing But The Blues Bar, Madam Jojo’s, and the Crypt.
The Bandits have recently stepped out into the light after long hard hours in the recording studio to bring to the people a first taster of the new sound. John Bull & The Bandits new EP 'Approaching Bandit Country'