The Plumedores are a three piece blues, folk and roots band from North Manchester.
Front man Danny McTague and Elbow guitarist Mark Potter have been good friend for years, bonding over 60’s blues explosion bands and folk music. For around a decade they enjoyed playing guitar together, then things took an unexpected turn one drunken evening when Mark heard Danny singing Dusty Springﬁeld’s “I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself”. Although McTague was initially reluctant, Potter convinced him to take on the role as lead singer and lyricist.
In 2011 the pair started writing original material and recording rough demo’s in Mark’s home studio. Lead guitarist Dean Casement was asked to join following a chance meeting at a local underground blues club, completing the line-up in 2013.
The Plumedores music comes from an admixture of delta blues, jug bands, country, folk and rock and roll. Adding harmonica and rich vocal harmonies to electric, acoustic and slide guitars, they use a vintage drum machine as used by J.J. Cale on the song “Call Me The Breeze”. Songs are rambling and organic, in non-standard structure, with a raw, stripped back sound, the occasional whisper of psychedelia and an improvised, skiffle feel doing just enough to keep things at the outer edge of ‘holding together’ and ‘falling apart’. Every song is a journey unfolding. Traditional forms are twisted slightly and lovingly to create a frisson between the familiar and unexpected; this makes for a captivating listen – particularly live.
The Plumedores’ debut EP, on heavy 12” vinyl and in limited pressing, is available at performances.
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