The Buffalo Skinners are a songwriting collective based in Sheffield.
Kieran Thorpe plays Fender Rhodes Keyboard, James Nicholls the Violin, Peter Seccombe the Guitar, Miles Stapleton the Drums and Robbie Thompson, Bass.
Drawing influence from Folk, Rock & Roll, Blues, Soul, and many other genres; The boys paint on a broad canvas. The focal point of the band however, always being a shared passion for songwriting, harmony, and the fun of a live performance.
The band began life as street performers, busking their way around the UK. Eight years on sees them having taken the energy and intensity of performing on the street, and put if firmly at the centre of their live show. Their performances are upbeat and life affirming without being one dimensional,
“Swapping instruments and vocalists, they play an energetic, winsome set exploring the full breadth of their ‘60’s rock, folk and blues influenced style. They seem to be having so much fun themselves that the audience can’t help but do the same” – For Folk’s Sake (Review of The Cambridge Folk Festival)
Their catalogue of songs reflects all aspects of life. The songs are the soundtrack to a long and ongoing adventure, so it’s not surprising that the band deliver such a broad range of material so convincingly, and beautifully.
“There’s a maturity and complexity to the writing. Their songwriting clearly matters to them, their playing is watertight and they work together as a unit.” – R2 Magazine.
The sense of shared adventure is absolutely at the heart of this band. The idea that individual voices can work in harmony to create something wonderful, without losing what makes them unique.
Over the past eight years the boys have shared highs and lows, personal space, and an ex postal van across the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Norway and America. They’ve played street corners, Hollywood bars, nursing homes, Hyde Park, and just about everywhere else in between.
And it’s all there, documented in the story of the songs and the sweat of the live performance.
Along the way they’ve found themselves on BBC Radio (Bob Harris, Steve Lamacq, Paul Jones, Janice Long, Cerys Matthews and Dermot O’Leary), festival stages (Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk Festival, Radio 2 live in Hyde Park, Wilderness, Camp Bestival, Deer Shed, Truck Festival, Tramlines…), and in the studio with none other than mercury prize nominated producer Colin Elliot (Richard Hawley, Kylie, Slow Club…)
It’s been an incredible journey for these guys so far, and it’s only getting better.