A few Jars at the bar

The Jar Family on stage

The Jar Family on stage

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AN up-and-coming indie band are causing a stir as they prepare for their first-ever hometown gig.

Hartlepool band The Jar Family sold out the gig at Edge Bar, in Church Street, a month before they take to the stage this weekend.

More than 200 tickets were quickly snapped up by eager music fans for the show on Saturday from 8pm.

Richie Docherty, Max Bianco, Chris Hooks, Keith Wilkinson, Al Devon and Lee Dali have been playing together for just over a year.

Bassist Keith Wilkinson is considered the elder statesman of the group, having played with British band Squeeze for more than 10 years and The Jools Holland Big Band for a further four.

Straight away he saw something in the younger members, who range in age from 19 to 25, and decided to take them under his wing.

Keith said: “I was asked to come in and try to help the guys out.

“When I first met them they were five talented individuals, but not a band.

“Originally I was going to sort of mash them together into a proper group and then go my own way, but once the ball started rolling it just kept going and going and I decided to stay on and get as involved as I could.”

Saturday’s gig will mark the first time the band, who are currently mixing an EP, have played a gig in their hometown.

Keith, who is originally from London, added: “There’s going to be a really good buzz in the place and we’ll hopefully have a lot of hometown support.”

l THE Mail has two tickets to give away to one lucky reader.

Simply answer the following question to be in with a chance of being on the guest list:

How many members are in The Jar Family?

The competition closes at noon tomorrow and answers should be emailed to mail.news@northeast-press.co.uk

Please include a daytime telephone number.