Bit on the Side are Geoff Rodgers and Tim Mundy, two unrepentant folkies, although only one of us has a beard, and we don't wear aran sweaters. We play an odd mix of our own songs, traditional songs and tunes, contemporary acoustic music, blues, ragtime and the odd rock song for good measure. We have been known to drink real ale upon occasion.
Geoff Rodgers & Tim Mundy are 'Bit on the Side'
We met playing in a great session on Monday nights at the Wilkes Head in Leek about six years ago. During a visit to Fylde Guitars in Cumbria in early 2004 we sat in a pub waiting for Geoff's instruments to have pickups fitted. We were playing a few songs and tunes, and we attracted quite a crowd. So we thought 'why not?', and Bit on the Side was born!
Our live set includes everything from traditional songs and tunes to contemporary songs and self penned numbers. Overall it's a folky sound, but lively and fun.
GIG LIST 2005
The Boat, Cromford - 15th February
Burton Arms Hotel, Kington, Wales - 20th February
Old Poets' Corner, Ashover - 20th March
Wine Vaults, Kington, Herefordshire - 26th March
Upton on Severn Folk Festival - 29th April - 2nd May
Wheaton Aston Folk Festival - 13th - 15th May
The Boat, Cromford - 7th June
Bishop's Castle Folk Weekend - 10th - 12th June
Middlewich Folk & Boat Festival - 17th - 19th June
Wilkestonbury - Wilkes Head, Leek, 19th June
Avoncroft Museum supporting Vin Garbutt, 24th June
Wine Vaults, Kington, Herefordshire - 23rd July
Wicketstock - Wicket Inn 24th July
Wilkestock - Wilkes Head, Leek, 31st July
W2005 - the party in the car park, Leek 4th September
Bromyard Folk Festival - 9th - 11th September
Oakengates Folk Day - 17th September
Evesham Christmas Revels
Bedworth Folk Festival
And lots more that we can't remember (Damn you, beer!)
We play pubs, folk clubs, sessions and festivals all over the country.
Folk music of all kinds, contemporary acoustic, guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, celtic songs and tunes. Jez Lowe and Vin Garbutt are big influences, bits of ragtime, country blues
Guitars by Fylde, RainSong, Rob Armstrong and Takamine. Bouzoukis by Fylde, mandocello by Rob Armstrong. Mandolins by Fylde, Rigel, Freshwater, Mundy, Ozark and Wailing. Cajon, harmonicas. 5 string Banjo and Irish Tenor Banjo by Gold Tone. PA by HK Audio, Shure and Behringer. Pickups by Headway, cos they're the best. Strings by Newtone and Elixir