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On : 02 February 2020


Named after the now long gone Norwich pub of the same name the original core of the Punch House Band, Leighton Williams (vocal & guitar), Richard Brook (banjo & vocal) and Tim Lane (guitar & vocal), got together when they were the cast of much loved Norwich theatre group Crude Apache’s touring show “Singing The Postman”. The play, which told the story of Allan Smethurst, the Singing Postman, featured the three of them playing the roles of Smethurst impersonators and had them performing his songs to highly appreciative audiences. Once the show was over they decided to continue as band.


All three had previously been involved in the company’s earlier production of Peter Bellamy’s “The Transports”, Williams and Brook as performers, Lane as musical director, and were keen to use some Bellamy’s songs in the band. Lane, in particular, has a background in folk music and has written an number of songs which fitted the overall mission statement.


Having invited Jason Thompson (percussion) and George McKay (double bass) to join the band made its debut at the 2016 Norwich Beer Festival and has since gone on to play the Milkmaid Folk Club twice along with a number of pub gigs. The combination of the theatre background and the diverse musical histories of the band, (Thompson’s background being rock and thrash metal, McKay’s being Modern Jazz), means the band sound is hard-hitting, meticulously arranged and highly entertaining and this is borne out by the testimonials from those who have already booked them.


The Punch House band really impressed us all with their first visit to The Milkmaid Folk Club, some excellently written original material, all delivered with real energy and obvious enthusiasm for the job in hand. Quality musicianship and a great stage presence combined to provide a most entertaining show. (The Milkmaid Folk Club, Bury St Edmunds)


Really glad that I booked Punch House Band (for Norwich Beer Festival), good hire price and a very good audience response to their stage show, plus the er 'tribute' to the Singing Postman which had a local reference but caught a wider audience.' (Jon Knight – Norwich Beer Festival)