The Wakes

The Wakes

the wakes
The Wakes

The Wakes are a Folk’n’Roll band from Glasgow, Scotland. Their ambition is to make music with a social conscience. Music that matters. Their songs are songs, born from political and social struggle, of protest and of heartache and of the joys of life. Their fusion of traditional instrumentation, with a contemporary sound have helped the band to generate live shows which are energetic, euphoric, and often unforgettable.
The musical style of The Wakes is influenced by those who have gone before. There are influences of Guthrie, Springsteen and Dylan dripping from every sonnet. From traditional folk groups like The Dubliners and The Corries to contemporary bands such as The Clash and The Pogues comes the Folk’n’Roll sound. The Wakes’ lyrics are honest, evocative and compassionate
In the six years together, The Wakes have toured Scotland, England and Ireland and have built a hardcore following in France and Germany where have toured regularly.
Forming in late 2006, the band consist of Paul, on guitars and vocals, Chris on bass, flute and saxophone, Christopher James on harmonica and electric guitar, Eamonn on drums and percussion. The band also make use of other musicians on keys and brass for session work.
In 2007, the group released their first album, “These Hands”. This self-produced album is best known for its two original songs, “Cinderella Story”, which tells the tale of the Irish in Glasgow, from their arrival as hungry refugees in the 1800’s to the middle of the 20th Century. “The title track “These Hands”, the story of James Maley, a Scottish veteran of the Spanish Civil War, was recorded the day before he died and is The Wakes’ tribute to those who fought, and continue to fight fascism.

Music can be purchased directly from The Wakes website.


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