The Wooden Box Band is a funky folky eclectic and sometimes electric unrelated family of musicians from all walks of life who enjoy writing and playing urban folk music around Wellington and the environs beyond.
Usually we come in a group of half a dozen, just like bread rolls. We have singer songwriter Jessie Moss, late of Jessie James and the Outlaws, on vocals and guitar. Alongside is Emily Clemmet from the Balkanistas, Cumbrio Bros and other bands on trumpet, fiddle and singin’ and writing.
Also making a noise is Paddy Burgin who strums and picks a cedar topped jumbo guitar, blows strange harmonica notes and plays slide guitar too. He also sings, sometimes his own songs and sometimes other peoples’.
Anchorman is Murray Costello on bass who used to do this job in the Mockers and a hundred bands since then. Lead guitar duties are taken by Jeremy Desmond who sandwiches the band in with Newtown Rocksteady commitments and a growing family.
The drumming chair for the festival is taken by the ever busy Olivia Campion.
Armed with a collection of the aforementioned instruments we’ll be rattling through a collection of songs from our 20128 album, Far Far Away.
The band’s original music focuses on the people and places of New Zealand, their tales true and imagined.
Expect warm harmonies, handmade guitars, a few laughs and Aotearoa stories you may not have heard before. The Band will appear in concert and contribute tot he Festival Songwriters’ Forum. Find out more about them on their website and listen to some of their songs on YouTube.