Sergeant Buzfuz

Willie Barr - mandolin
Ian Button - drums
Joss Cope - bass

Stu Crane - slide guitar

Polly MacLean - b vox

Eilish McCracken - violin/whistle/flute/piano
Joe Murphy - voice/guitar

Sergeant Buzfuz are a South London septet led by songwriter Joe Murphy who also plays solo 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 Irish story-telling tradition of his ancestors.

2015 album "Balloons For Thin Linda" was critically acclaimed and the band had a half page feature in R2 magazine.

Previous album “Go To The Devil And Shake Yourself” (2012) was championed by Gideon Coe, who played tracks seven times on BBC 6 and novelist Ian Rankin, who listed it in his top 20 albums of the year.

Sergeant Buzfuz have played live BBC 6 sessions for Marc Riley and Tom Robinson (twice).

Joe has toured solo in Ireland, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and the USA.

For ten years (2002-2012) Joe ran the monthly Blang nights at London’s 12 Bar Club. He founded the Blang label in 2005.

Praise for "Balloons For Thin Linda" album (2015):

"Tailor-made for late night folk-festival beer-tent shenanigans" R2 (live review)
"a clear influence of late 60s folk psychedelia... a political commitment shines through" R2 album review
"Imagine if Billy Bragg and The Beatles collaborated " FATEA
"the album Ray Davies has been trying to make for the last forty years." RUSS CHANDLER, WALTHAMSTOW FOLK CLUB
"21st century folk... a delight" AMERICANA UK
"one of the freshest and most original records out now, reminds me a bit of The Kinks" RADIO FREE AMERICANA

Praise for previous work:
“It's mental - in a good way! Absolutely hooked on it" IAN RANKIN, NOVELIST
“One of my favourite songs for some time"” MARK LAMARR, BBC RADIO 2
“I find myself almost lost for words...absolutely glorious” PETER MUGGS, THE ARTS DESK
“an eye-opener and an eyebrow-raiser” GIDEON COE, BBC 6 MUSIC
“absolutely brilliant” TOM ROBINSON, BBC 6 MUSIC
“Ceaselessly inventive" TIMEOUT
“Universally charming” NME
"perverse and memorable, modern-day folk music." MORNING STAR



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