Black Friday formed in 2006 when singer and acoustic guitarist, Tomo, met mandolin player ‘Party’ and bass player ‘Melon’. They later added ‘Apples’ on tin whistle, ‘Jovian’ on drums, ‘Dr Bod’ on electric guitar and the world famous ‘Narvis Reptile’ on the fiddle to complete the line up.
In 2011 they played over 100 gigs all over England and Europe at a variety of venues and festivals, such as the Maker Festival, Port Eliot Lit Fest, Electric Picnic in Ireland, Plymouth Folk Festival, Calstock Biker Festival, Burnham-on-Sea Folk Festival and Wimbourne Folk Festival. The band has recently returned from a triumphant tour of Austria which included playing at the worlds largest festival, the Donauinsel Fest in Vienna..
After playing at the renowned Gaz’s Rockin’ Blues Club in London, they were spotted by BBC Radio 2 DJ, Marc Lamarr, who invited them to record at the famous Maida Vale studio in London for his show. While they were there, they met their hero, Pogues singer Shane MacGowan, who enjoyed the band’s rendition of Dirty Old Town.
The band are listed in the Guinness Book of Records for performing the most gigs in one day – 30 gigs in 12 hours!