It’s unsurprising to hear Foster talk in such glowing terms about Dylan, and not just because, well, he’s Bob Dylan. Perhaps more than many other young bands these days, there is a deliberate low-fi, almost traditional rock’n’roll feel to the band’s music and aesthetic; The press has drawn comparisons between Foster and Mick Jagger, while others might look at the mops and leather jackets and immediately think of The Jam.” – GQ magazine on Hardwicke Circus
“For out of town bands trying to make a dent in the consciousness of the capital’s great and good, the second day of the new year is one of the worst to attempt it. Hardwicke Circus seemed totally unfazed by it though… They’ve got the songs to do it to, cheerily charismatic frontman and songwriter Jonny Foster has dozens of them, as their two sets tonight prove. The radio ready rock/soul of Nowhere Left To Run, the banner waving Why You Looking For Love, and the spruce funk of Nobody Loves You (Like I Do) all scream “geniuses at work” – RNR magazine
February 2021 the release of debut single, “Walking On Broken Glass”, taken from Harwicke Circus’ forthcoming studio album. The debut single saw play from 6 Music, BBC Introducing and a share from Huey Lewis! The band are now set to release the second track from the album, “My Sweet Love”.
“My Sweet Love” is a perfect showcase for the Hardwicke Circus sound. Effortless lush melodies over a music mishmash of the bands influences.
Hardwicke Circus aren’t your average guitar band – a six piece collective from the wilds of Carlisle, a band who value the song above the single, a group who have a sound soaked with the classic sounds of rock n roll history but still sound completely of the moment, individuals channelling their differences into a similarity to become more than themselves. But more of that later…
The forthcoming album is a collection of songs about growing up in the in-between. From a town you only end up in by accident.
The band have honed their craft on the road. With over 700 gigs under their belt, including supports to Neil Young, Bob Dylan and Alabama 3, they had 165 shows lined up for 2020 including SXSW. When the touring was cancelled the band ended up writing and recording their debut album in a remote farmhouse in the Yorkshire Dales on a hill above the river Swale (a la Withnail And I}. But more of that later…
An insight into the mid and influence of the band can be gleaned through the radio show presented by Jonny Foster, that was put together for their Patreon followers HERE.
The band livestreamed a full gig in July 2020 which you can see HERE.
The band have also confirmed a series of gigs in Carlisle In July. The band will be playing the Church where Jonny and Tom’s parents married, and where they were both baptised. Full July 2021 UK dates are as follows:
Sat 3 July 2021 Esk Festival, Eskdale Valley, Cumbria
Fri 9 July 2021 St Cuthberts Carlisle, Band promoted show
Sat 17 July 2021 Penrith Festival, Penrith, Cumbria
Fri 23 July 2021 Malle Mile Grimthorpe Castle, Borne, Lincolnshire
Wed 28 July 2021 Holroyd Arms, Guildford
Thur 29 July 2021 The Cavern Freehouse, Raynes Park, London
Fri 30 July 2021 TBC
Sat 31 July 2021 The Eagle Tavern, Dover, Kent
Tickets and more information available from www.hardwickecircus.tv
Hardwicke Circus is Jonny Foster (lead vocals, guitar), Tom Foster (drums, vocals), Ben Wilde (bass, vocals), Lewis Bewley-Taylor (keys), Andy Phillips (saxophone) and Zack McDade (guitars, vocals).
“My Sweet Love” is released on the 30th March 2021. It will be available as a stand alone single. The single and album will be released through the bands own label, Alternative Facts Records.