The Lost Notes are a band born and based in the creatively fertile blaglands of Moseley, Birmingham UK. They write songs about things that matter. Like the perils of one night stands and plastic surgery, the plight of bankers, greaseballs, snakes, Greco-Roman health and safety failings, mules, mermaids and the downright miserable. 

The principal songwriters are Ben and Oli. But Oli likes folk and Ben likes jazz. Both are stubborn. So each seeks to exert their own subtle influence on the music. The result is part folk with a drag of soul roots, a slug of gospel, or downright country with a thump of jazz around the edges.

The band are: Ben Mills: vocals, guitar, harmonica; Oli Jobes: lead guitar, vocals; Lucy Mills: vocals and, on a good day, cowbell. 

Silas Wood and Max Tomlinson ignore the prima donnas vying for attention out front and thump out driving rhythms on double bass and drums. 

They have a strong, loyal and often heavily inebriated fan base built up through performances at places such as the Moseley Folk Festival, Bromsgrove Folk Festival, Halfway to 75 Festival, Birmingham International Jazz and Blues Festival, The Glee Club, Kitchen Garden Cafe, The Jam House, The Blue Piano, The Tower of Song,  The Red Lion Folk Club and many others. They are now booked for a bunch of festivals through 2019 and 2020 promoting their debut album “Run Free Right Now”.

More recently the band have supplemented their own regular headline gigs with support slots for more established artists, including The Wild Ponies, The Black Feathers, Son of Town Hall, The Melrose Quartet, The Rosellys and 3 Daft Monkeys. These are often done as a 3-piece [Ben, Lucy and Oli]. Good times....

An assured debut from the Moseley based country-pop band, stalwarts of the Birmingham live circuit, with a large and loyal fan base. Live shows are up-tempo joyous events, the love of the music and trust and affection between band members showing clearly through.

The eleven original tracks  are a quintessentially English take on country folk, sharing the melodic and commercial sensibilities of Hank Williams with the quirky Brit-pop of the Kinks, and more than a dash of hot club era gypsy swing… a band that are highly recommended live.

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