The band behind a tongue-in-cheek song about the unique qualities of the fenland’s fairer sex has been surprised by the warm reception its saucy lyrics have received.
Spalding, along with Wisbech and Peterborough, is given a name check in the track Girl From the Fens, penned by Tim Barron of The Ouse Valley Singles Club.
The single has already become a surprise internet hit, recording hundreds of thousands of hits via the band’s You Tube channel and Facebook page and now has its eye on the charts – having just been released as a download.
The three-piece band, from Bedford, says its roots spring from the 1950s skiffle scene.
It combines this traditional sound with the energy of punk, the swing of rock’n’roll and layers it with naughty, saucy postcard lyrics in a true folk storytelling fashion to create an original sound.
It was Tim’s wife and fellow bandmate Amy Martell, who hails from Wisbech, who inspired him to write the Girl From the Fens.
“It was when Amy was pregnant with our second child, she just wasn’t taking it easy, she was going off doing long walks, and I was talking to someone else about this.
“He just said, ‘well she’s from the Fen – they’re a different breed up there’, and that comment just got my brain working,” he laughs.
“There is a thing about women from this area – an inner strength, sort of a throwback to the Iceni, Boudicca and Anglo-Saxons.
“A lot of it’s clichés, but we just didn’t realise how much people would take the song to their hearts!”
A lot of it’s clichés, but we just didn’t realise how much people would take the song to their heartsTim Barron of The Ouse Valley Singles Club
After its success on Facebook the band recorded an official video to accompany the track in Manea, near Wisbech, and have now released it for download via iTunes and other websites.
Since the band formed in 2009, Tim and Amy, along with Tim’s uncle Sam Saunders, have played numerous gigs and festivals, supporting famous acts including Chas and Dave, Pete Doherty and Bob Geldof.
nYou can catch the Ouse Valley Singles Club when they play the Cask in Hand, Boston Road North, Holbeach, at 2pm on Sunday, July 12.
For more information visit www.theousevalleysinglesclub.com