Saturday 27th January 2018
Merrymaker are a folk influenced group who create music about what is happening in and around the world around them, right now.
Founded in 2016 by Dan Sealey (formerly of Ocean Colour Scene, Merrymouth) and Adam Barry (The Misers, Merrymouth), Merrymaker have since been joined by singer and multi-instrumentalists Paul McCormack, and violinist Hannah Lawson.
Influenced by songwriters such as John Lennon and Bob Dylan – who not only wrote music about things that affected them directly, but subjects that provided a reflection of culture and society at the me – Merrymaker perform a rich and captivating mixture of brand new, original material and music from albums they have performed on throughout their respective careers.
Merrymaker returned to Derby Folk Festival 2017 after a successful appearance in 2016 and two sell out shows at Village Folk, Derby, in January 2016 and January 2017. Earlier in 2017, they enjoyed a well-received appearance at Stratford Folk Festival alongside Cara Dillon and Show Of Hands.
Merrymaker have to date released four singles and are currently recording new material, in between festival and other numerous live performances.
“... it is welcome to hear a band focusing on this year and communicating
a differing viewpoint... one from society itself. Merrymaker are...
creating a commentary on the times we are living in.”
– folk-phenomena.co.uk, Derby Folk Festival 2016.
Formerly of acclaimed band Ocean Colour Scene, whose career included a number one album, performances at numerous major festivals around the world and support for bands such as The Who and The Rolling Stones.
Dan cofounded folk influenced band Merrymouth in 2011 with OCS singer/ songwriter, Simon Fowler.
Formerly co-frontman of UK alt Country band The Misers and member of Merrymouth.
Working together as Merrymouth, Dan and Adam released two acclaimed albums, featuring Chas Hodges of Chas & Dave and folk legends John McCusker and Andy Cutting.
All content © Merrymaker 2017
This will be Merrymaker's third appearance at Village Folk, as well as Dan and Adam previously performing as The Rock Bottoms. click thumbnails to see images from those gigs.