"Fantastic music...highlight act" The Daily Telegraph
"Guys, absolutely awesome last night in Carperby. Went to support Marion and Martin and fell in love with the band. Gr8 sets, come back up North soon"
"We were so pleased to have The Jigantics play at our club. Tremendous musicianship and breadth of material of different styles, from blues, to modern folk to cajun. There was something for everyone, delivered with style and fun. This band are worth travelling to see and quickly develop a great rapport with the audience. A top quality night. we can't wait to have them back!" Dave Wood, Ulverston Live Music
"A fabulous fusion of blues, rock, folk and Americana that blew the socks off our audience. Absolute class." Steve Sheldon www.folkicons.co.uk
"Supergroup turn on the styles at Stratford Folk Club, No.1 Shakespeare Street
HISTORY is littered with supergroup failures - attempts at putting together a bunch of talented musicians which don't produce the wonderful outcome you'd expect.
But when it does work, something spellbinding can happen and we got our own taste of that at Stratford Folk Club's latest concert night when The Jigantics topped the bill and played a remarkable set.
With a line-up which can generate the kind of rock family tree that used to be turned into a tv show, The Jigantics have fused the disparate talents of its members to hop between styles almost at will - but always with a touch of class. And just as they varied the styles, so they switched between instruments and vocals with no let-up in the impact.
A large part of the set was taken up by tracks from their debut album Daisy Roots, which is a fine statement of their genre-hopping approach. There's foot-tapping feelgood, then totally convincing tearjerkers, both on record and played live. So there's the infectiously upbeat Bad Liver and a Broken Heart, which sounds like Shania Twain and a bunch of line dancers gone bad, the very different but equally catchy Swimming Song and the quite hypnotic non-album Curve of My Back, telling the story of a mandolin and surely a 'shoe-in' for the next album. The musicianship was as good as you'd expect and the vocals consistently excellent, none more so than Mark Coles lead on The Save and the standout moment of the show, our very own Marion Fleetwood's take on The Valley.
A big shout too for support hand We Died at Sea, from Leeds but with a couple of ex-Stratford College students in their ranks. A delightfully retro 1920s and 1930s set mixing up jazz, ragtime and more.
Richard Howarth, Stratford Herald"
About the band
Jig(noun) a rapid, lively, springy, irregular dance for one or more persons An-tic (noun) a playful trick or prank
One of the UK and Nu Folk music's most arresting new bands, The Jigantics are part of a growing group of contemporary artists appealing to a wide range of music followers who are increasingly looking beyond conventional musical stereotypes, and just enjoying a fusion of great songs, stunning harmonies and fine muscianship. In this case its a genredefying mix of Roots, Blues, Trad, Country and then some. "Love the new sounds! It's really different. I can't place the style exactly but it will certainly appeal to a wide range of people" Michaela Pape - Southsea Folk & Blues Festival. One of The Jigantics great strengths is their ability to combine the power and energy of a five piece band, demonstrated here on 'The Save' alongside a stripped bare, dark 'love' song such as 'The Willow'. Its a pretty neat trick and in live performance they carry the audience with them on a journey of foot stomping joy tempered with only the occasional heartbreak. Seeing them live it's clear that this band believe having a good time is an essential ingredient to any gig, ensuring that the road travelled overwhelmingly ends in a smile.
"The Jigantics were next, and they were the find of the festival so far for me. Consisting of Marion Fleetwood and Martin Fitzgibbon from Colvin Quarmby, and completed by members of Sons Of The Delta, their folk/blues/country-influenced set was very well-received. All in all a good festival and I think The Jigantics would go down well at Cropredy." Dan Ogus - Southsea Festival organising committee
"The Jigantics were brilliant. A refreshing and varied blend of uptempo songs and beautifully arranged ballads. Great instrumentation from very talented musicians delivered by a band who had presence.They worked hard to build a strong rapport with the audience. The result; a really enjoyable night with people feeling uplifted having been part of something quite special." David Francis - Nailsea Folk Club
"Well they started their gig last Thursday with 'The Save' and it was 100 times bigger and better than the track sounds on their website.... great foot-tapping music. I have a new favourite band." Katie Thomas
"Amazing. I was really, really, totally blown away by you guys." Bryn Williams - Folklaw & BWM Productions
"I love it !!!.... we must have The Jigantics for our festival." Simon Hart - Welfest Festival Organiser
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Great guitar player who's slide and acoustic playing is renowned on the Blues circuit and which has enabled him to perform and record in Mississippi with some of the all time greats including Pinetop Perkins, Muddy Waters piano player. Ricks first gig was in a folk club, so what goes around .........
Vocals, Fiddle, Cello, Mandolin
A fantastic vocalist and brilliant player of all things stringy. Although Marion was classically trained she's a Liverpool lass which resulted in her being an integral part of folk rockers Meet on the Ledge and currently the award winning ColvinQuarmby. A real star who's talents are finally getting the recognition she throughly deserves.
Bass Guitar, Vocals
Lyndon is a multi-talented musician, equally at home on guitar and mandolin as he is on bass. Outside of the Jigs he plays in a number of bands spanning several genres and is also an accomplished sound engineer. Needless to say he brings a wealth of experience and skill to the Jigantics - and he smiles a lot too :)
Vocals, Mandolin, Squeezeboxes, Harmonica et al
Mark is an irrepressible front man who seemingly is able to pick up almost any instrument and get an exciting noise out of it. A top vocalist and in demand international session player.
Drums, Percussion, Vocals
Marty has performed with and in front of, some of the biggest names in the world of popular music, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Lou Reed et al but says the Jigantics are the most exciting project he's ever been involved with.