The Poor Boys of Worcester are a 6 piece skiffle band originally formed in the cruel winter of 1894. Destitute, cold and hungry they made their own instruments from coffin lids and started to frequent Beer Houses playing music in return for fine Ale. An arrangement that was cut short following the now legendary incident with a polar bear.
Following this unfortunate event they were banned from ever travelling outside the county of Worcestershire. When the original band members passed away their places were taken up by their first born and keeping with these family traditions the latest incarnation of the band are the grandchildren of the very first Poor Boys. They are still banned from leaving Worcestershire so in order to get to gigs it is rumoured they use a series of underground tunnels. If you see them please don’t mention the bear…..
With 5 singers and a range of Instruments including Ukuleles, Banjolele, Cajon, Snare Drum, Hammer & Chisel, Harmonica, Foot Stompin’ and Double Bass they perform a variety of songs in an energetic and often frenetic skiffle style. If you like Hank Williams, Big Bill Bronzy, Johnny Cash, White Stripes, Gram Parsons, Pete Seeger, Rolling Stones, Carter Family, Ronnie Lane, J.J Cale or Woody Guthrie then you will like the Poor Boys of Worcester.