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Green Fortune coming to Marchington Music Club

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A FOLK band described as being ‘one John Peel would have loved’ are coming to Marchington for a Sunday gig.

Green Fortune, who mix folk with a punk attitdue, will play at the Dog and Partridge from around 5.30pm on Sunday.

The Burton-based act, led by front man Mark Knight, have even been known to cover punk and new wave tracks including the Buzzcocks’ iconic hit Ever Fallen in Love?

Now they are bringing their sound to Church Lane, in Marchington, for one of the Dog and Partridge’s growing Sunday Club shows.

Knight grew up listening to Johnny Cash, the Rolling Stones and David Bowie.

His love for punk in the 70s and 80s saw him join obscure bands Flith and Mad Dogs.

He also joined The Gift with fellow Burton singer-songwriter Bruno Gallone in 1985.

In the 90s, Knight had a few outing with bands like Rezist and Digweed but started becoming more folk-focused when he introduced a mandolin into his sets in 2005.

Then, he and childhood friend Jude Hackett came up with the idea of Green Fortune in 2007 during a ‘drunk curry night’.

The pair started writing music and added new members to the line-up, which has changed almost constantly since Green Fortune’s advent.

Now the band has a family feel, with Knight’s wife Kay coming in on percussion and backing vocals and relative Rhys Knight chipping in on additional percussion.

Harmonica player Rhys Jones, Carl Sutton on guitar, Andy Faint on drums and Stiv Hogg on bass complete the current line-up.

A feature on the band in Burton’s Bretown fanzine reads: “Each band member provides a layer of great importance.

“Their music is both enjoyable and enchanting to listen to.

“Their songs can range from being about gothic romance to a rousing sing-along, all done in the style of a traditional folk band with a punk edge to them.

“Their set also includes some very interesting arrangements of old punk classics such as Ever Fallen In Love by the Buzzcocks and the Stranglers’ hit Golden Brown.”

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