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Helen Hutchinson is 'Cousin Calamity' and plays double bass for the band. Growing up watching the Beverley Hillbillies on TV instilled a passion for banjo in the young Helen. With and older rockabilly brother and a father who loved Jimmy Rodgers, she developed a love of all things early country, whilst retaining the outward appearance of a snarling northern punk. Somewhat belatedly she got round to learning the banjo and teaching herself to sing rough-hewn mountain hillbilly with a voice like a bag of rocks. She sang and played banjo in 'Cowbaby', an original bluegrass band. She now plays double bass in 'Catfish Skillet', a harmony trio of country blues musicians, the guitarist Marc West joins her for busking duo 'Catfish Fillet'. Delighted and honoured to be joining the band she says “I've always thought I had an inner Hick.”

Mike Tavener is Murston’s long lost brother Stutston. He plays Dobro and 8 string lap steel on a double neck resophonic instrument he designed and built himself. A longstanding interest in American music began during his polytechnic years and it is likely that he was the only student who owned Hank Williams Greatest Hits LPs. He plays many stringed instruments, and as he says rather modestly, “some more accurately than others, but always with enthusiasm”. He has lived in York for almost 40 years where he has been fortunate to meet many like minded musicians. An early band, the Oddball String Band morphed into the still active Hot Not Bothered ceilidh band, and he can also be seen with Los Yobos, Moonshine Creek and Swing Collision.

Seonaid Matheson is 'Cousin Clarabelle' in the band. She hails from the Black Isle and grew up playing fiddle and piano.Lured south by the promise of a better life, she concentrated on classical violin for several years. Escaping back north and making it as far as Yorkshire, she rediscovered her folk roots, playing with all sorts of bands from Cajun to Balkan.Seonaid has always had a particular love for the country fiddle style of the 40s and 50s, and is delighted to be a Braxton Hick. In her own words “I've waited 25 years for this band!”

MURSTON BAPCHILD AND THE BRAXTON HICKS are a 4 piece country Honky Tonk band, featuring fiddle, lap steel, double bass, guitar, vocals and harmony vocals.Their music originates mainly from the country sounds of the 1940s and the 50s, songs popular in the honky tonks, low dives and on the radio stations of the southern states of America. Influenced by the giants of country music such as Hank Williams and Bob Wills, they also include original material and the occasional more modern piece that is appropriate for the style.The band pride themselves on putting on a show and have a reputation for always enjoying what we do.The band also performs in theatre spaces where the audience is invited to witness the perils and pitfalls of a live broadcast on the wireless of a show from the 1950s, including live adverts.

Bob Delbridge, is Murston Bapchild. He hails originally from Guernsey. He got his first break in 1969 playing with a hotel resident band on County Donegal. He has played acoustic music ever since, with 'Rising Moon', 'The Friendly Folk', or as a political singer in London. More recently he has returned to his first love Hank Williams, early country music and old time Americana. He plays guitar and mouth organ and dabbles at clawhammer banjo and mandolin. He also plays with 'On The Back Porch'.Bob says “I have dreamt about a band like this for years, these guys are hot, I feel so lucky.”