Saturday January 28th 2017
Merrymaker are made up of Dan Sealey (formerly of Ocean Colour Scene and Merrymouth), Adam Barry (Formerly of The Misers and Merrymouth) and Nikki Petherick. Together they combine skilful musicianship with thought provoking music layered with vocal harmonies.
Sealey and Barry are no strangers on the folk circuit. In recent years, they have recorded and toured with multi-award winning folk musicians John McCusker and Andy Cutting. They have performed at BBC Radio 2's Carfest, Celtic Connections, The Moseley Folk Festival and The Great British Folk Festival.
Sealey has also joined his father, Dave Sealey on stage at Sidmouth, Whitby and Towersey Folk Festivals, for shows as a tribute to Cosmotheka, a popular duo throughout the 1970's and 1980's, featuring Dave and Dans uncle, Al Sealey, who became legends within the folk scene all over the world with their unique brand of humour and material.
Early in 2016 the band returned to the studio to record 'Nobody Here Wants A War', a song inspired by events in Syria. Now joined by Petherick, a singer, songwriter and multi instrumentalist from Oxfordshire - Nikki has also been busy recently, releasing her own self titled, debut solo EP. Over the next few months, the band will be releasing brand new tracks, written about events that have occurred during 2016, which will be exclusively available through their website. All these tracks will then be available on a new EP, along with additional tracks, to be released in early 2017.
The band are looking forward to playing their new material at Derby Folk Festival this October, as guests of 'Village Folk', in their Club Room Sessions, joined by some 'special musical guests' on the evening of Saturday 1st October, in the Derby Guildhall. Dan, Adam and Nikki are then planning to be back out on the road with MerryMaker in 2017.