Proving, once again, that the city of Sunderland is a creative force to be reckoned with are Lilliput. The five piece alternative folk collective, hailing from the windswept coastlines of Sunderland, only formed in the summer of 2011 but have quickly made a name for themselves as one of the more interesting and exciting bands currently creating a buzz around the city.
The five friends that make up the band, Jamie Gilling, Jonathan “Bop” Hibbert, JoshHawick, Dan Waterston and Joe Collins, began writing and recording their dynamic, lushly textured material in bedrooms, practice dens and rat-infested buildings located on the banks of the River Wear.
Although their roots lie in traditional folk and blues music, their influences extend to a variety of genres including contemporary pop, jazz and rock. Lilliput’s primary focus is on creating the same richly layered soundscapes pioneered by Dylan, Nick Drake and Steely Dan. While the almost cinematic quality of their songs is derived from their affinity to Fleet Foxes’ vivid palette of colourful storytelling imagery and painstakingly well-honed musicianship.
Their live shows range from wonderfully intimate, stripped back acoustic sets in basement venues and garages to sold out headline slots in their cities around their native North-east. Lilliput are dedicated to crafting thoughtful, emotive alternative folk music with their blend of delicate finger-picked guitars, pristine, soaring harmonies and rousing percussion. Put it simply, Lilliput are a band that you need to hear, and need to hear live.