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Accordion, Acoustic Guitar, Background Singer, Bagpipes, Banjo, Cello, Clarinet, DJ, Dobro, Electronic Music, Fiddle, Flute, Harmonica, Harp, Keyboard, Lead Guitar, Mandolin, Other, Piano, Rhythm Guitar, Saxophone, Steel guitar, Trombone, Trumpet, Ukulele, Vocalist, Vocalist - Alto, Vocalist - Baritone, Vocalist - Bass, Vocalist - Soprano, Vocalist - Tenor.


The William Palmer Trust live and work on the north shore of the Thames Estuary between Southend and London. The songs are generically called, 'Songs of the Lower Reaches'. (It started as a writing project; homage to the spirit of place). We have been described as wild or fringe folk. Not 'punk' wild but wild as on the edge. I love 'americana' - music from the roots, small venues, small labels - but we play Anglicana. Please see WPT on youtube.

Screen name:
Member since:
Nov 01 2017
Active over 1 month ago
Level of commitment:
Years together:
Gigs played:
10 to 50
Tend to practice:
1 time per week
67 years


Eastern European folk (lots of minor scales); Fairport Convention (Liege and Lief); Tom Waits; The Pogues; Nick Cave; the Songbook; Tim Buckley; Tim Rose! Miles Davis; Billie Holiday; The Cramps; The Beach Boys...and so on. Dylan (Times they are A'Changin' through to Blood on the Tracks).

Members Of Band

Phil Smith: Songwriter; Lead Vocalist; Acoustic Guitar.
Gareth Marsh: Acoustic Guitar; Drums.
Matt Williams: Lead Guitar.
Emile Hammond; Lead Guitar (understudy)
Caitlin Smith: Violin (occasionally)


Martins and Takemines, Epiphones, Fender Telecaster. etc...