Joel Fisk… and Friends at The Bull welcomes The Struck Bats

December 16, 2011 at 12:39 pm Leave a comment

A monthly music jam showcasing the region’s finest blues talent held at The Bull in Colchester will be introducing new Essex-based trio The Struck Bats on 20 December.

Joel Fisk...and Friends

“Joel Fisk…and Friends”, a regular night led by Hokie Joint guitarist and solo artist Joel Fisk, has already seen talent such as guitarist Dave King, session man for Lulu, Tim Hardin and Mike Hugg, harmonica player and fellow Hokie Giles King, who has played with the likes of Ian Siegal and Matt Schofield, along with singer/songwriter Ady Johnson, grace the stage alongside Joel.

He said: “The night will now be in its fourth month and is going from strength to strength. Essentially it is a great opportunity for me to share the stage with some of my favourite musicians in the Colchester area, as well as a showcase for some of my new material as a solo artist. I’m pleased to announce that for the December session, I’ll be joined by my trio, The Struck Bats.”

The Struck Bats will be appearing at The Bull in Colchester on 20 December as part of the monthly “Joel Fisk…and Friends” blues showcase. Photo by Elle Curran.

The Struck Bats are drummer Stephen ‘Cupsey’ Cutmore from Hokie Joint, bassist Rob Barry from Wolfpack with Joel on guitar and vocals. Bringing together their love of roots music and delta blues, The Struck Bats pay homage to scene heroes including Charley Patton, Robert Johnson and Rev. Gary Davies and new talent such as Gary Clark Jr, The Band of Heathens and The Arc Angels. The band’s début EP is scheduled for release in early 2012.

Joel added: “The Struck Bats came about after Stephen and I decided to embark on a new venture whilst JoJo, the lead singer of Hokie Joint, took some time out to start a family. Rob was the perfect fit to complete the trio and we have been gigging regularly since September. However, the ‘and Friends’ night will see us play our first ever acoustic set.”

The Struck Bats will appear at “Joel Fisk…and Friends” at The Bull on 20 December 2011 from 8pm. Entrance is free.
For more information about The Struck Bats please visit

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