Inspired by poetry and literature, The Mechanicals Band set found words to new music that borrows from the realms of folk, classical, jazz, chanson, bluegrass and pop music.
The Mechanicals Band were formerly The Rude Mechanicals Band but after some confusion with other musical and theatrical groups, plus the odd person mistakenly believing they were impolite (they are not, they are well brought up individuals) they decided to change to just The Mechanicals Band.
The group formed in 2016 when songwriter and guitarist Wes Finch asked fellow musicians Jools Street (violin) and Ben Haines (percussion) to join him for the debut performance of a set of songs written around words taken from Shakespeare. The trio performed the songs live on BBC Radio 3's In Tune programme as part of the #Shakespeare400 celebrations taking place at The Other Place theatre in Stratford-on-Avon in the UK.
The group soon expanded to include Katrin Gilbert on viola and John Parker on double bass and 2017 saw the release of a debut, Shakespearean themed album 'Exit, Pursued by Bear'.
In 2019 the group released thier first Miscellany EP featuring a collection of songs of poems by various poets.
Following a successful application for Arts Council England funding the group have been working with a theatre director and actors on a hybrid music and theatre piece called The Righteous Jazz which explores the life and poetry of Philip Larkin.
The group continue to tour the UK, often playing through the Live & Local rural touring scheme and hope to bring The Righteous Jazz to theatres and music venues nationwide from 2020.