Updated Mar 2007
Hailing from the working class suburbs surrounding Stoke-on-Trent, The Queensberry Rules were formed in September 2001.
Brothers Gary and Duncan Wilcox (Percussion & Double Bass respectively) who once played in folk-pop group Bonetti, and Phil Hulse (Guitar) have teamed up in The Queensberry Rules, an acoustic trio that is exciting audiences wherever they play.
Tipping a wink to folk, bluegrass, country & blues wrapped up with a skiffle sensibility, a wry sense of humour, lyrical sense and watertight harmonies, The Queensberry Rules have an almost indefinable sound.
The band have released four critially acclaimed CD's, their first album, Look beyond the Physical, was described by Folk Buzz as "inventive, intelligent, well crafted and adorned with fine harmonies" and their second recording, Six Gun Heroes found success with the American and Canadian college radio network in particular, and contained the opening track GSOH - the song that gave them their first national airplay when Dave Gorman championed the band on his 6 Music radio show. Their third album 'Heritage & History' was released in June 2004, and led to the band's music finally entering the sub-conscious of UK folk audiences. and Sing Out (USA) claimed that the album contained "..choruses so singable you'll be humming them all day
fRoots described the album as "..pretty damn good.." Folk Mag stated that the band "..have managed to add life and vibrancy to words which have such depth of meaning.." .." and declared of the playing of guitarist Phil Hulse that it was "..reminiscent of a young Richard Thompson..."
Material from this album including audience favourites 'Mapman' and 'Jam Jar Wakes' feature in the band's great live shows, along with inspirational arrangements of traditional songs & original songs.
The band's fan base is growing with every gig, helped by some impressive support slots including Strawbs, Chris and Kellie While, Bob Fox and Dick Gaughan. Later this year they have festival dates with Fairport Convention and The Levellers. Perhaps your first and only opportunity to catch this fine act in an intimate Lincolnshire music club.
In the Spring of 2006 the band signed with the renowned Fellside Recording label, home to such acts as Spiers and Boden and Nancy Kerr & James Fagan. Now the band's fourth album 'The Black Dog and other stories', released in July 2006 reacts to the ever changing social scene with song subjects ranging from fair trade to climate change and the worrying plight of UK industry, whilst still dealing with issues a little closer to home. The release of this album looks set to raise the bands profile on to another level.
For more info about this exciting band visit The Queensberry Rules website.