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Previously known as ‘WOODENBOX with A Fistful of Fivers

What makes a good band name? Well, according to Ali Downer of the splendidly-named central Scotland country-rock collective Woodenbox with a Fistful of Fivers, it’s the opportunity to annoy the naysayers.

“I had made a recording called Woodenbox and played some wee affairs under that alias,” he explains. “When the rest of the guys came on board we wrote some new songs and changed some of the older ones.

“We came up with a bit of a country thing and decided to call ourselves Woodenbox with a Fistful of Fivers – it was a bit of a laugh really but it’s stuck because a few people didn’t like it and that made it somehow more appealing for us.”

Downer and his bandmates Nick Dudman (drums/ukelele), Fraser McKirdy (bass/organ), Phil Cardwell (trumpet), Jordan Croan (electric guitar) and Sam Evans (sax) have gone from strength to strength and have built up a reputation for their raucous live shows since getting together at the beginning of 2008.

The band’s two-piece brass section is among the many things that set them apart from many bands in the local scene. “Ultimately we want to create something different,” Downer explains.

“It’s great writing songs and pulling them together as a band then trying different ways of playing and recording them.

“We try to play a raucous live show to make our music different from how it is recorded too – we wanna have a different vibe.”


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