Jackdaw Train are a 4-piece band from Portsmouth, UK who draw their influences from folk, rock and Americana music. Their material ranges from the band's own originals to some of the more traditional folk, Americana songs and instrumental reels. The name itself derives from singer/guitarist- James’ memories of the train of jackdaws which used to nest in the trees behind his childhood home. Hoping to evoke a certain sense of nostalgia for their listeners they draw upon their members wide musical roots and influences in the music they make.  The current EP The New Today Sessions is out now and currently available to stream on Spotify, Itunes and all major download sites.

Its members include:

Ian Greening – Upright Bass, Vocals

Ian has played bass since the early nineties in a variety of indie, shoegazing, acoustic and Americana bands. Most recently he handled upright bass duties in Two Ton Twig, the cult Washington DC bluegrass band, which toured from Maryland to Tennessee and points in between, and recorded two albums.


Mel Maloney - Fiddle and Vocals

Mel is a classically trained violin and viola player who has been playing in a semi-professional capacity for half of her life. She has an eclectic taste in music which has lead to her dabbling in performing various genres of music including pop, metal, klezmer, soul and of course folk music

James Dyer – Vocals, Guitars

Songwriter James has been writing songs since his early teens and spent the later part of this period busking his way across Europe writing about his experiences and the people he met along the way. Since then James spent 12 years playing with folk-rock/Americana band The Visitors who in the years they were together supported the likes of The Commitments, Ocean Colour Scene, Frank Turner, Jonathan Richman, Nizlopi, Jack Savoretti and Passenger and recorded 2 albums.


Sam Cutbush - Percussion, Harmonica


Multi-Instrumentalist Sam has been involved with the Portsmouth music scene since 2004, be it as a solo singer-songwriter, bass player for One Blood, Porcelain Coins and Foxer or as drummer for Aviv & The Eunuch Horn. Sam has been a regular performer at Victorious Festival since 2013 and has supported artists such as Catfish & The Bottlemen, Kassassin Street and Brant Bjork. Scott Matthews also invited Sam onstage to handle percussion duties on 2 songs at his 2018 Wedgewood Rooms Show, which alerted Jackdaw Train to his availability, and the rest as they say is history!



Photo By: Sigal Mizrahi



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