Ten minutes with Fitzwallace
We’re Fitzwallace, a country folk five piece from Leeds, each of us have different musical influences and backgrounds, but share a love for country music.
How did you get into country music?
Joe- I listened to a lot of American folk and country artists growing up. Artists like Glen Campbell, John Denver, James Taylor and Paul Simon. I found inspiration and direction in my songwriting a couple of years ago after watching the show ‘Nashville’ which featured songs from writers such as John Paul from the Civil Wars and Striking Matches, both duo’s who I really admire.
How would you describe your sound?
I’d say our sound is influenced by a range of artists; Fleetwood Mac, the Civil Wars, Nickel Creek, Mumford and Sons.
What is your favorite country music song?
To Listen to (and why)
Joe- It’s a bold statement but in my opinion I think that ‘Witchita Lineman’ is one of the most well crafted songs that’s ever been written. It’s orchestration and production are flawless. I think I could listen to that song all day.
To Perform (and why)
Joe- Flo and I love performing ‘From This Valley’ by the Civil Wars at our live shows just because the harmony parts are great fun to sing. We used to perform ‘Take It Easy’ by the Eagles which was always a crowd pleaser and fun to play.
Who would be your dream collaboration?
It’d have to be with the Milk Carton Kids. The way they harmonise is sometimes unexpected but is intriguing to listen to, and the way they phrase melodies on the guitar is just genius. I get shivers listening to those two!
If we came to a Fitzwallace gig, what should we expect?
Mostly upbeat, jolly songs. Although we do have a few darker/ serious songs but we normally taylor our set to the venue or audience. We try to create a fairly big sound with four part vocal harmony and try to take the audience on a journey with varying styles of songs.
What’s new with you?
We’re currently in the process of recording our second EP which we’re hoping to release in April. We’ve applied for various festivals around the UK this summer and are appearing at Country to Country in London in March, so we may see you there!
Where can fans find out more about you?