Fri 8 June • Black Water County

This six-piece folk/punk band from Bournemouth have built a reputation as an exciting live act at festivals in recent years, and now the time has come for their own tour. Their energetic live shows, which feature the dual lead vocals of Tim and Shan, are a thing of local legend and awe here in their home county of Dorset.

Smashing their way into the UK folk punk scene since 2013, Black Water County bring an energetic live show of stout quaffing, banjo breaking and tin whistle mangling original music, along with trads and shanties that have been given a good kick up the arse and a slap around the face.

‘High octane performance style and strong influences from Flogging Molly, The Rumjacks, The Dreadnoughts, The Pogues and the Levellers what is there to not like about Blackwater County?’ (

‘A strong dual vocal, multi-instrumentation and an almost swashbuckling attitude to stage presence.’ (

Singer Tim Harris met guitarist Brad Hutchings-Clarke through a shared love of all things folk and punk, and with the addition of Andy L Smooth on drums, Gavin Coles on banjo and Shan Byrom on tin whistle, Black Water County was born, later completed with Russ Scagell on fiddle.

After five busy years of relentless performing and two EP releases, Black Water County have earned their place on the gig circuit, having played on the same bills as bands such as Less Than Jake, The Rumjacks and The Dreadnoughts. Multiple festivals slots at the likes of Boomtown Fair and Camp Bestival have moulded BWC into an intense, entertaining unit.

Friday 8 June
Dorchester Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£12/£10 members & concessions

Please note this event is standing only