Thursday’s Band is what happens when you combine locked down acoustic guitars with free-flowing fiddle, viola and mandolin – then top it all off with tight three-part harmony. Sometimes the songs sound British, sometimes North American; sometimes they’re new, sometimes they’re not; sometimes they tell tall tales from the distant past, sometimes they’re poignant and personal; and sometimes they break out into wistful airs and joyful, exuberant tunes…
Lucinda Fudge – viola, fiddle, voice
Lucinda became the final crucial ingredient in Thursday’s Band when she joined in January 2015. She has also played over several years with Cambridge based musicians Clare Hayes and Johnny Wright. She plays viola with the Academy of Great St Mary’s, as well as a quartet performing at events in and around Cambridge, and a trio playing lunchtime recitals. Lu studied music at Trinity College of Music Junior Department and Birmingham University. In her spare time she is a mum to 4 year old Joe who currently aspires to joining the band playing trombone (unless we can persuade him to switch to double bass).
Mark Gamon – guitar, voice
Mark is a writer who’s had a guitar in his hand since he was 12. He writes many of the songs played by Thursday’s Band, but gleefully expects to be overtaken by the band’s other two writers. He released his second solo album, Deck – featuring all of Thursday’s Band – in 2015. His first solo album, Layer, came out in 2012; more recently he’s worked with Cambridge’s Daniel Nestlerode and Lizzie J Taylor, playing on albums for both. Over the years he’s played in several musical incarnations – including 70s prog, an acoustic duo with David Hardie in the 90s, and the memorably named Dewhursts (also featuring Nick Blishen) in the early 80s. www.markgamon.com
Matt Kelly – fiddle, mandolin, viola, voice
Matt played in postpunk group Strumpet City in Brighton in the mid-eighties, and with The Lizards, a cajun and blues band in South London in the late 80s. He played in Ti-fer Cajun Band in the 1990s. He also had a brief stint as alto sax player in West London-based soul band Raj and the Magitones in the early 90s. He has recorded on various albums, including The Lizards’ Promised Land, Tony Hill’s Inexactness (heavy rock) and Mary Lou Lord’s Baby Blue (Americana). He also plays in cajun/folk duo Kelly & Woolley, with guitarist singer and songwriter Gary Woolley. Their first CD Papers in my Shoe came out in 2015. In his spare time, Matt plays classical music, teaches English and is a trade union and political activist.
Nick Blishen – guitar
Nick was rhythm guitarist in Enfield based rock group Omaha in the early 70’s, supporting bands as diverse as Mungo Jerry, Ace and Sutherland Brothers & Quiver. Subsequently he met Mark and they formed The Dewhursts, a band who could ‘butcher any song they chose to perform’. Later he joined Mark again in Sky West, then co-formed Roundabout 7, which morphed into Thursday’s Band. Nick is a luthier and guitar repairer, and teaches guitar making at his workshop in Hertford.