VIDEO: Jar Family back in North East

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A FIERCELY proud Hartlepudlian collective of singer/songwriters, three years solid of not-far off non-stop gigging and hours of rehearsal time honing their early tracks and their latest offering - it was time for the Jar Family to head back to Teesside.

A glance at the band’s Twitter page over the last couple of weeks and it was plain for all to see, the lads couldn’t wait to head back up north.

Fresh from playing gigs - and a load of them - down south where they continue to assemble an ever-growing army of followers, the self-described “industrial folk” seven-piece headed home-ish to headline Middlesbrough Town Hall’s Crypt.

And if they needed any reassurance that their popularity in their beloved Hartlepool also continues to grow, this was it as the intimate Boro venue was transformed into a Hartlepool home from home for the night.

A coach-full of fans headed up the A19 - they were joined by others from across Teesside. And they weren’t disappointed.

Warmed up nicely by Teesside favourites The Bends and hotly-tipped teen 60s rock ‘n’ rollers with Liam Gallagher’s backing, the Quangos, the confident collective hit the stage.

But collective couldn’t be further from the truth. The ideas and sounds of the individual songwriters have been moulded cleverly to make a tight-sounding folk sound with a difference.

‘Dali’ confidently bellowed down the mic and it wasn’t long before the crowd were launched into life with Poolie Strut closely followed by fellow early favourite In For A Penny.

The popular tracks which assembled the Jar Family the following they’ve got today went down a treat - as ever.

But with new records with a new sound to boot, the lads churned out track after track for 90 minutes.

The new album is due out this year and the early indications sound good. No track more so than the single, Machines, which has left folk well and truly behind but could well be the band’s best offering to date.

Anyone who hadn’t glanced at the Twitter page to see the band were buzzing with excitement beforehand could have seen it on stage.

And the good news for the fans who had waited for the lads to head back up north is they don’t have long to wait to get their next Jar Family-fill.

The lads have themselves a good spot on the impressive Stockton Weekender gig next month. More of the same please.

-Dominic Shaw