I’ll tell you what –that was absolutely fantastic. If you look out the window and there’s a slight breeze that’s God nodding, and that’s a pretty good review. I really thought that was a phenomenal piece of work. Mark Lamarr BBC RADIO 2
The Curst Sons have been playing their powerful, stripped back take on early American traditional music since 1998. Performing mainly original material with a few distinctive arrangements of traditional songs, they have released six full length albums, one 10” vinyl EP, and a digital LIVE EP. All on their own Curst Mountain label. Over the years they have played venues ranging from tiny country pubs to festival main stages, appeared on several local radio shows and recorded two live sessions on the much missed Mark Lamarr BBC Radio 2 show.
They were runners-up in the 2013 International Song Writing Competition, nominated for Best Alt Country Album in the 10th Independent Music Awards 2011 and for Best Americana Act in the British Country Music Awards 2010.
Tim Dunkerley (slide guitar, mandolin, vocals). Tim’s interest in music was first awakened by his father’s tales of wild living in a harmonica band on the minesweeper HMS Hound. Loath to leave his nautical background, Tim coast hopped east from his Portsmouth home and soon washed up on the beach at Brighton. He teaches Ukulele in six schools and is teacher/ facilitator with Unified Rhythm, a samba/fusion marching band for young adults, including those with learning difficulties.
Willi Kerr (vocals, percussion). Born on Mersea Island on the marshy fringes of Essex, Willi abandoned his agricultural roots and took to the sinful ways of the city. Diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma (an incurable cancer of the bone marrow) in 1998 he was given 6 days to live. Being a cantankerous old cuss he decided that this was the perfect time to re-launch his musical career, and The Curst Sons were born. Thanks to the healing power of hillbilly music, he is now in the rudest of health.
Scott Smith (guitar, banjo, harmonica, vocals) was born in Wichita, Kansas and heard a lot of country radio there at an impressionable age. Escaping North America, he found himself in the UK, where he remains, an ex-pat roots musician. Scott is a member of the Hatful of Rain band, and makes sound designs and post-production audio for whomever will employ him.
Dave (Specky) Simner (banjo, lead guitar, vocals). Raised in the Black Country on a diet of heavy metal and motorbikes, Dave fled south till he hit the coast. He lost the long hair and leather jacket and soon became entangled in the Brighton music scene. He has played in more bands than he can remember and somehow took up the banjo. He also plays with his own 60s R&B outfit, The Spectones.