The Buffalo Skinners' music lives somewhere in the musical space where contemporary indie-folk melts into 60s blues-rock.
Citing The Felice Brothers, The Doors and The Band as influences, they are painting from a broad palette. The result however, is a rare depth of musicality and creativity. You certainly won’t hear the same song twice, but you will hear the same sound. A sound that is glued together by James Nicholls' unmistakably unique violin playing and Peter Seccombe's sharp British lyricism
It's not your typical Folk-Americana fiddle. The violin is tube-driven. Sometimes brash, often furious, but then in the next moment sensitive and atmospheric. Once asked who his biggest influence on the fiddle was, James replied "George Harrison."
The Buffalo Skinners have been around for a long time. Their adventures so far have taken them all over the place (UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Norway, North America,) they've performed at some of the most renowned music festivals in the UK (Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk Festival, BBC Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park) and they have three full length studio albums under their belts. The most recent one of these being 2016’s ‘Cease Your Dreaming’ produced by Mercury Prize nominated Colin Eliot (Richard Hawley, Kylie, Slow Club). Songs from both their second and third releases earned the attention, air-play and esteem of many high profile BBC Radio DJs including Bob Harris, Steve Lamacq, Janice Long, Cerys Matthews, Dermot O’Leary and Paul Jones.
June 2019 saw The Buffalo Skinners' release their first foray into vinyl with the double A-side "Do What You Want / You Say Love, But You Mean Hate" recorded at Leeds' Greenmount Studios. (The Cribs, Easy Life)
'You Say Love' was named 'Track of the Day' by Clash Magazine, and complimented the band on having a "fastidious songwriting sense" and continued on to say the song was "Packed with neat lyrical turns and melodies that recall Whitney's debut album."
The other side of the record 'Do What You Want' was featured in the top 50 BBC Introducing Tracks of 2019, with BBC Introducing Sheffield presenter Christian Carlisle commenting "One of the happiest songs I've ever heard, from the moment I first heard it right up to now it never fails to put a smile on my face."
The band released 'Washing My Hands" during the Covid-19 pandemic, the accompanying video showing a step-by-step hand scrubbing technique. Recording for the fourth album is underway...
"Their music is painted vividly across a broad canvas, using a palette that draws easily from traditional folk and rock’n’roll"
-God Is In the TV
- Bob Harris,
BBC Radio 2
“Unfeasibly young and talented ”
- No Depression
"They just got the crowd going and
had a roaring reception. Astonishing."
- Janice Long,
BBC Radio 2
- Cerys Matthews,
BBC 6 Music
"Buskers made good!"
- Steve Lamacq
"Packed with neat lyrical turns and melodies that recall Whitney's debut album"
Track of the Day
- Clash Magazine
The Buffalo Skinners are a young Sheffield band and are worth checking out … they’re good fun!
- Richard Hawley
"Their slow songs are sweet, their fast songs are fun."
- Folk and Honey
"They seem to be having so much fun themselves that the audience can’t help but do the same."
-For Folks Sake