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The Interval


Violin, Trumpet, Background Singer, Harmonica, Mandolin, Fiddle.


We're particularly looking for a violinist at the moment (but are interested in the other categories mentioned too). If you listen to our stuff and like it and would like to add to it, please get in touch.

Rather than try to describe ourselves we asked a journalist we know to have a listen and write some words. These are his thoughts:

"Looking for new guitar-wielding, finger-picking, piano key-stroking, heartstring-tugging, bittersweet musical heroes? Look no further than Yorkshire duo Andrew Barton and Allan Watkiss, AKA The Interval. Mining a deep vein of genuine melancholy and dark humour, you’ll find it impossible to walk away from The Interval’s songs without having raised a wry smile…and shed a hot tear or two.

As The Interval’s singer-songwriter Andrew Barton notes in Strange, already a well-established part of the duo’s repertoire, and a song which absolutely revels in the weirdness and contradictions of life, “You wanna laugh, you wanna cry”.

It’s in their musical company that you’re guaranteed to do both – thanks to their timeless, moving and deep-down personal lyricism which is clearly sourced from lives well-lived.

In one of The Interval’s newest songs, All You Are, they sing of “life’s last melody”. But rather than dying notes fading into the darkness, the duo reveals light, delicate and finely-wrought guitar work from Barton accompanied by beautiful chiming piano and gorgeous backing harmonies from Watkiss – along with sweet-yet-sour lyrical loveliness aplenty.

And that’s not to mention walk-on parts by the Devil, Jesus, a deadly succubus and even the ghost of Hank Williams…

The Interval have tales to tell…and they tell ‘em well." (Martin Coldrick – Journalist).

Screen name:
Member since:
Mar 02 2020
Active over 1 month ago
Level of commitment:
Years together:
Gigs played:
10 to 50
Tend to practice:
1 time per week
59 years


Folk, blues, punk, country, bluegrass, myriad artists - a short list would include: Cohen, Dylan, Billy Bragg, The Waterboys, Cowboy Junkies, Violent Femmes, Alabama 3, Ralph Stanley, Hank Williams, Tom Mcrae, Steve Earle, John Prine, Nanci Griffiths, Ramones.

Members Of Band

Andrew Barton: Guitar, harmonica, ukulele, lead vocals.
Allan Watkiss: Piano and harmony vocals.


Amps, microphones, instruments, small mixer.