Who are The Firrenes?
The Firrenes are a melodic, song-based, five-piece band from Edinburgh, Scotland, performing original material. The band's principal songwriter is Jules Reed (aka Julian Wagstaff), with additional contributions from Walt Cumming. The band's musical style is eclectic and varied, with influences ranging from 70's rock, Americana, blues and R&B through to indie, alt rock, art pop and classical.
The band's current lineup is vocals, guitar, keyboard, drums and bass guitar...
...and currently guesting with us on alto sax, the brilliant James McCutcheon.
Jules began forming a band in 2014, playing electric guitar and using the original songs from his EP Five Songs for Your Consideration as a starting point. He was soon joined by John on keyboards, and by Edinburgh singer-songwriter Clare Cairns on vocals and acoustic guitar. They were joined in July 2016 by Tony on drums, and in September by Walt on bass guitar. The band celebrated their official launch at a hugely successful gig at Edinburgh's Voodoo Rooms on 3 November 2016.
In January 2017, Clare left the band to pursue other projects.
The Firrenes are looking forward to their next gig at Edinburgh's Cabaret Voltaire on 8 April 2017, to recording an album in the summer, and touring northern Europe in October. Check back here for details.
...And for the avoidance of any doubt: the band's name is pronounced "Firreens", rhyming with "beans"!