Saturday 18th December 2021
Melbourne Assembly Rooms
The Churchfitters is a folk band like no other. Bass guitars made out of frying pans and hub caps. Heart-wrenching vocals accompanied by a musical saw. Foot-stompingly fast fiddle mixed with infectious funk rock banjo, and traditional melodies reinvigorated with mesmerising rock rhythms. The three virtuoso musicians from England and France strut their stuff on a stage that bristles with instruments adding flute, strum box, tin-whistle guitar, ukulele, mandolin, electric hub-cap bass and a sackful of percussion to their ensemble. And let's not forget the unique 'bing-bong' machine made out of hack-saw blades. Throw in some exquisite harmonies, a slew of startlingly original songs and a few jokes that create instant rapport and you've got a high energy show that always leaves audiences cheering. How do you adequately describe such a musically diverse, uplifting band? You leave it to Mike Harding, a self-confessed 'huge, huge fan'. He calls them 'totally brilliant and beautiful'.