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
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.
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!"