BOTB stars Addison’s Uncle sign up for publishing deal

A publishing deal for Addison's Uncle
A publishing deal for Addison's Uncle
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Addison’s Uncle, the 2014 Battle of the Bands winners, have signed a publishing deal for their debut album I’d Like To Tell A Story.

The seven piece ‘stampy’ folk rock ensemble have linked up with Newcastle-based publishers, Wipe Out Music Ltd.

Their debut album was released at a sell out show at Norwich Arts Centre which was crowned Britain’s Best Small Music Venue by NME. Since the release in January, Addison’s Uncle have gone strength to strength performing at numerous festivals and events throughout the region.

The group’s growing reputation on the UK folk circuit extended all the way from Norfolk to Tyneside, the home of music publishers Wipe Out Music Ltd, who were repeatedly recommended of the band by other musicians they represented and respected. Managing director John Esplen acquired the album and was so impressed he took the unusual step of signing the band without either meeting them or seeing them perform live.

Esplen said: “Combining both traditional and modern influences with a focus on carefully crafted songs and strong melodies I couldn’t believe they were unsigned, so if we didn’t act quickly others wouldn’t have been far behind.”

James Maas, Addison’s Uncle ukulele player said: “It’s great to have been spotted and to have signed the deal; it’s been a whirlwind few years being a part of Addison’s Uncle.

“We have played ace gigs, especially 24 in 24 hours for charity, plus meeting great people and supportive fans that join us on the journey. I’m looking forward for what’s in store.”

Philip Pearson, Addison’s Uncle songwriter, vocalist and guitarist, added: “When I first heard from John at Wipe Out Music I had to pinch myself a little. It’s always nice to receive positive feedback, particularly for me when it’s regarding song writing. To get that from a publishing company who were interested in signing the band because of the originality of our songs was fantastic.

“We’ve come a long way as a band, the sound we create has grown and grown, as has the line-up, and this really feels like a hugely progressive step for us. We’ve had an incredible summer, and are all extremely excited about the future and our growing relationship with Wipe Out Music.”

The signing marks a year on from the release of their debut single and music video, B1159; which features the band echoing the lyrics of the song driving an old Sierra down the B1159 along the beautiful Norfolk coastal line visiting landmarks such as Cromer Pier and Happisburgh Lighthouse.

You can catch Addison’s Uncle playing a unique gig on a Swedish Tall Ship, The Gotheburg at the Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival tomorrow. The group’s last music festival of the season is a special show at Ferryfest in Reedham next Friday, September 11.

On Thursday, September 17, you can catch them playing at Norwich Open for the Maris Otter Beer Festival.

Addison’s Uncle thank everyone who has supported them along the way and look forward to the journey ahead. Find them on Facebook and Twitter and watch their music video by visiting