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Suffolk band's success

PUBLISHED: 01:03 19 May 2002 | UPDATED: 11:57 03 March 2010

IN a rickety old barn in the middle of rural Suffolk a young band called The Bark got together to make music.

Today they have been chosen from hundreds of bands by Radio One to appear on their website promoting the very best of new unsigned music.

IN a rickety old barn in the middle of rural Suffolk a young band called The Bark got together to make music.

Today they have been chosen from hundreds of bands by Radio One to appear on their website promoting the very best of new unsigned music.

This Suffolk born band, who were originally based in Framlingham and are now based in London, tell the story of the hopes and dreams of many young and talented musicians – only now they are beginning to live it.

The band is made up of 28-year-old twins Nick Webb, on acoustic guitar and vocals and Simon Webb on lead vocals, Nick's girlfriend, Nell Catchpole, 29, on violin, Ben Burns, 23, on drums and percussion and 22-year-old Gabriel Lloret on bass.

They are being championed on the website and have even been praised by Boy George who said of the band, "They were full of fire - immense energy - and I am convinced they have a certain something."

The band are a live touring band who combine acoustic rock and roll and soul spirit with violins and cornets edging their way gracefully in to soften the edges.

Elegance and rock sit comfortable together for a new sound.

Nick said that at last they are beginning to see the rewards for all their hard work.

"Back when we first started out we were based in Suffolk and played gigs at places like the Cock and Pye in Ipswich. I was surprised when we were chosen for this One Music project by Radio One.

"We came back to Suffolk after recording in London in various studios where we could never seem to get the sound we wanted. We took over a really old barn somewhere in the middle of nowhere and just recorded enough material for an album. We mixed it ourselves and then decided to send it off to Radio One.

"This is just such fantastic promotion for us and it gets our music out to a much wider audience. Already we have had enquiries and next week we are meeting with EMI who contacted us after hearing the music," he said.

The One Music project has been set up by Radio One to promote new, unsigned music and make it accessible to the music industry.

The Bark are one of only nine bands to be featured this week.

If you fancy helping this local talent then click on to the BBC website and vote for them.

WEBLINKS

www.thebark.co.uk

www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/onemusic/demos.


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