Wild band fuses folk and punk

Siddy Bennett
Siddy Bennett

A carefree country punk band are bringing their sound to Brighton as part of their recent tour.

Wildflowers head for the Ancient Mariner Brighton, on Saturday, June 22 (7pm).

The band began in April 2012, put together by former Bristol and now Brighton based lead singer and chief songwriter Siddy Bennett, 21.

Suitably labelled in an early review as “Punk Dolly Parton”, Wildflowers refuse to conform to the current rules of popular music and are fusing their punk folk roots with the strength and depth of contemporary rock ’n’ roll.

Siddy herself says the White Stripes are a huge influence, as well as Patsy Cline.

Siddy said: “I don’t think anyone sings about heartbreak like Patsy.

“From the age of seven I was addicted to her soulful deliverance. Then at 14 I heard Hotel Yorba and I knew country rock and roll was what it’s all about”.

Wildflowers include Siddy’s sister Kit on backing vocals, accordion and Hammond Organ and James Ashbury, Siddy’s long term co-writer, guitarist and mandolin player.

Growing up in several towns of the West Country (and also France), Siddy and Kit were raised as nomads – always on the move. Living on boats, farms, in caravans and often on protest camps – the Bennett sisters have been influenced both musically and morally by their bohemian upbringing and this is apparent in their carefree sound.

Their debut EP ‘Wild Among The Flowers’ is released on June 24 but will be on sale exclusively at their Dot-to-Dot dates and on their UK ‘Wild Among The Flowers’ Tour in May.

The EP will be available from Itunes and via their website – www.wildflowersband.co.uk.

Catch Wildflowers on tour:

Saturday, June 22, Ancient Mariner Brighton, UK

Thursday, July, 4, Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar Brighton, UK

Sunday, September 22, The Green Door Store Brighton, UK