Coach trip for Family’s London gig

From left, Max Bianco, Chris Hooks, Dali, Al Devon and Richie Docherty
From left, Max Bianco, Chris Hooks, Dali, Al Devon and Richie Docherty

TOWN band the Jar Family continue to make waves nationwide – but aren’t forgetting their loyal fans in Hartlepool.

The seven-piece collective haven’t stopped all year, playing more than 60 gigs since April as well as working on new material to be released next year.

Despite the majority of their gigs being down south, the band have still been well supported by their dedicated Poolie supporters after putting on coach trips from the town.

And the lads have confirmed they will be doing that again for their gig at The Garage, in Islington, on Friday, November 9.

Al Devon, vocals and guitar in the band, said: “The last two coaches we have put on have completely sold out straight away.

“The first one was amazing and the last one even bettered that and we decided this was a good time to do it again.”

Before then the band, made up of made up of Hartlepool lads Al, Max Bianco, Richie Docherty, Chris Hooks and “Dali” as well as former Squeeze bassist Keith Wilkinson and percussionist Kez Edwards, have 10 Oxjam gigs in their diary.

Oxjam is a festival taking place throughout October at venues all over the country, which has so far raised more than £1.75m for Oxfam since its launch in 2006.

As well as gigging, the Jar Family have been working hard to promote their latest single, Broken Minded - and with a new album expected in February time next year, the lads say their schedule won’t ease up.

“We will be busy into next year now,” added Al, who said the new album was actually completed earlier this year.

“It’s all gearing up for the release of the new album now and it’s weird because we have had it in our possession for the last three months so I just kind of want to let it go.

“It’s very authentic, we will always go back to the fact that we are a bunch of songwriters who have spent years playing open mic nights so that has to be reflected in the album.

“We held a few records back off the first album, but there’s a few crackers on this one.”

The coach for next month’s gig in Islington will leave No.33 Cafe, in Park Road and will come back to town after the gig.

Details of how to get a place on the coach will appear on and the band’s website in the next week.