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Band Profile

00:00 Friday 08 February 2002 

The Witch and The Robot

Members: Sam Hunt, Andrew Tomlinson, Stuart Shingler, and DJ Aesthetic Heartbreak.

Style: A mixture of alternative funk, combining dark psychedelia, folk, shanties and spoken word,


The four friends started out strumming in the Lake District as teenagers, where they lived and went to school.

They take their inspiration from the likes of Prince and Depeche Mode, and have previously toured with British Sea Power, Wild Beasts and Aim.

Their new alternative funk album On Safari was released on ATIC Records in September last year and has been hailed by music critics.

On Safari features songs about the sea, fear, a twisted tale of a dead puppeteer and one of time travel.

A truly unique funk sound blending dark psychedelia, folk, shanties and spoken word, with stage performances arty and chaotic.

Sam Hunt, programme manager at the Firestation Arts Centre in Windsor, said the group are touring Manchester, Newcastle and the Lake District in March and can be heard at the Kendal Calling Festival this year.

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