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Bluesbreakers: Moriarty

The French-American sextet specialising in swamp blues

Necessity is the mother of invention. And that certainly seems to be the case for Moriarty, a band formed in the mid-90s by a gang of friends from an American school in Paris, who grew up as much influenced by US blues, rock and punk as the Francophone folk-pop they heard around them.

After years spent jamming in a basement, they graduated to gigging with singer Rosemary Standley in the early 2000s, but a Spinal Tap- esque ability to lose drummers meant they had to perfect a more acoustic approach, resulting in a jug band melting pot of a sound.

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