The Troubadours

The Troubadours

Infobox musical artist
Name = The Troubadours

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Background = group_or_band
Origin = Liverpool/Wigan, England
Genre = Rock, Pop
Years_active = 2004-present
Label = Loog Records, BMG Japan
Associated_acts = The Stands
Current_members = Mark Frith
Luke Thomson
Tony Ferguson
Nathan "Elmo" Watts
Past_members = Johnny Molyneux

The Troubadours are an English rock band comprising of two members from both Liverpool and Wigan. Their debut single, "Gimme Love" was released in 2007, and reached #20 on the Radio 1 Indie Chart in November. Their second single, "(I'm Not) Superstitious" was released in June 2008.


The Troubadours originally started in 2004, when Mark Frith (Songwriter/Lead Vocalist/Guitarist) invited his long-term friend and fellow guitarist, Johnny Molyneux to the studio to work on a recording of one of his new songs. Without a bassist or a drummer, they put adverts in local newspapers in and around the Liverpool area. They recruited Tony Ferguson to play bass, and Nathan Watts to be their drummer after both expressed a strong interest in joining the band.

After countless gigs, they built up a strong fan base, amongst them was legendary producer, John Leckie, well-known for his previous work with The Stone Roses, Pink Floyd and Radiohead. In 2007, Leckie offered to produce two of their songs, which the band quickly accepted. They recorded "Gimme Love" and "Here Comes The Tide" under the production of John Leckie in May 2007 at The Dog House Sudios in Henley-on-Thames. Their debut single, "Gimme Love" was released soon after recordings were finished under the production of Leckie.

In the February 2008 edition of Q Magazine, the Troubadours were included in the "10 Best New Acts of 2008". 2008 also saw the band support Paul Weller during his UK tour. Their second single, "(I'm Not) Superstitious" was released in June 2008.

The summer of 2008 saw the band playing many festivals including V festival in Chelmsford/Stafford and Summer Sonic Festival in Tokyo. The recording and mixing of their debut album was completed in September 2008.

ound and Influences

The Troubadours' distinct style comes from a unique blend of genres such as Rockabilly, 60s Garage Rock and later have been noted by both Paul Weller and John Leckie as 'classic british songwriting'. The artists that have influenced their sound include Beefheart, Love, The Rolling Stones and The Seeds. The band members also cite The Byrds, Bob Dylan, The Stone Roses and The Who as other major influences.


* Mark Frith (lead vocals, Guitar, Piano, Harmonica)
* Luke Thomson (Lead Guitar, backing vocals) (2008-)
* Tony Ferguson (Bass Guitar, backing vocals)
* Nathan "Elmo" Watts (drums)

* Johnny Molyneux (Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals) (2004-2008)

External links

* [ Official website]
*MySpace-music|thetroubadoursmusic|The Troubadours

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