The Fletchers are a duo comprising Gary & his son Jack.  Both play guitars and sometimes bass and Jack a little harmonica, whilst singing songs drawn from a wide range of cover sources or written by themselves. 

The duo came about after Jack suffered a serious accident.  During a long stay in hospital he used his guitar playing to assist his recovery, and then started learning a few songs which Gary soon joined in on.  Following a couple of impromptu shows for fellow hospital patients The Fletchers played at their street’s Jubilee party after Jack got out of hospital and then started playing some local pubs both for fun & for Jack to keep his musical hand in.

They draw on the blues both in terms of covers with songs from the likes of Robert Johnson, Louis Jordan, Sleepy John Estes, Ray Charles etc but also take in other genres, all broadly in the ‘feel’ music idiom including tunes from artists as varied as J J Cale, through the likes of Al Green, The Isleys, Paul Weller, Blue Oyster Cult to the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.   

Jack’s first instrument is actually the drums and he's been with one of the finest young rock bands in the area – APHID – since he was 13 years old. They've released 2 CDs on the Arone Records label which have sold in their thousands and after some recent personnel changes will in due course be hitting the road again.  Jack also recently graduated from university, where he practised songwriting, worked on commissions for tv commercials, film trailers, cartoon animations etc., and learnt much about the music industry.  Aside from Aphid, he is also currently putting together his own alternative blues/funk band.

As Gary says, "Jack’s priority is Aphid and his own recording projects etc and mine professionally is of course The Blues Band plus my solo and The Gary Fletcher Band gigs/recording, but nonetheless we really enjoy playing as The Fletchers when the opportunities present themselves and take it seriously enough to even rehearse new material from time to time!  It’s great to be able to sometimes work so locally and low key and for me to be able to play music with my son – even though I don’t always come up to his high standard!" 



Copyright Gary Fletcher 2009    /    Last updated 24 January 2009