The Medlars are a seven piece contemporary folk band based in London. Their music is raw and rhythmically driven with orchestral and psychedelic undertones, layering melodies and harmonies to illuminate their ‘acid-sharp observational lyrics’. They formed after meeting at university in 2016 through Jimmy Grayburn, who at the time was performing as a solo artist. His lyrics tackle issues around environmentalism, homelessness and austerity cuts and are accompanied by the Medlars’ unique and frank sound. They released their debut album on the 5th May 2017 with Pear o’Legs Records. You can get it here.

‘…an intense, elevating listening experience. The album is as intricate as it is diverse; as entertaining as it is thought-provoking…  An album to treasure and a band to watch out for.’ Folk Radio UK

‘Strong vocals, strings, horns and flute… that will sound great under starlit festival skies.’ fRoots

‘A rollercoaster ride unlike anything else on the block’ Acoustic Magazine

‘There’s a robust rhythmical presence, there’s also a resilient, visceral feel that draws you into the album and holds you there… these songs reside near to where hearts live, which makes it eminently easy to identify with this album.’ Folk Words

‘Jimmy Grayburn plays a mean banjo. He’s supported by violin, flute, mandolin, cello, bass and drums, providing a laid back but rhythmic vibe’ R2

The band:

Jimmy Grayburn – banjo and lead vocals
Ribhu Choudhuri – bass guitar and vocals
Charlie Egan – percussion and vocals
Suzie McCarthy – violin and vocals
Francesca  Picciano  Moss – flute and vocals
Rowan Tinker – mandolin, tenor horn and vocals
Lucie Trémolières – cello

Photography by Joanna Harker Shaw

Artwork by Bella Driessen