"These fellas should be a household name. Keith the lead singer has a unique 60’s throwback voice that conveys the beauty and simplicity of the tunes."
DAVID BURNS, BBC RADIO HUMBERSIDE
"Their music is so authentically bathed in purer retro styles that it becomes almost postmodern music. Every once in a while you’ll come across a group of musicians that inspire you to find every scrap of music that they have created – The Quicksilver Kings is one of those groups."
"The Quicksilver Kings create a classic folk-rock'n'roll sound that blends the worldly-wise blues-soaked vocals of a young Bob Dylan with rootsy chord progressions and steady beats to superb effect. Close your eyes and you could be hitching a ride on a US railroad circa 1969."
GALTRES PARKLANDS FESTIVAL
The Quicksilver Kings are a folk pop band from Hull, City of Culture 2017. Born through a shared love of beer, camp-fires, old music, beer, cigarettes, beer and cider, they are writers of sixties inspired, hook-laden songs that will leave you wondering if you’ve heard them before and certain you want to hear them again.
Lead singer and poet Keith Hagger is a council estate kid with a heart, and unfortunately a mouth, as big as the North Sea. Found aimlessly wandering the streets of deepest darkest Hull in 2008, carrying only a shoe-box full of lyrics and singing random Everly Brothers tunes, he was picked up by a local music mogul Stewart Baxter, who gave him refuge in the Warren – a community project helping young people in the city.
Keith’s jovial wit and love of tracksuits later led him to appear in an episode of Channel 4’s The Secret Millionaire in 2009. He helped secure £20,000 for The Warren, enabling them to start a record label and shortly thereafter Keith cut his first demos and went on to play the main stage of Hull’s Freedom Festival in front of several thousand music lovers. Keith's vocal style is reminiscent of old classics like Buddy Holly and The Everly Brothers yet has a freshness to it that never fails to blow people away.
Keith eventually found his band in the summer of 2012 in the form of two local songwriters. The legend goes that stumbling home one balmy night mid-July, he happened upon the cross-roads where he met a local character by the name Steve Brodie who made him an offer he couldn't refuse, the red pill... or the blue pill. Keith took both. And borrowed some tobacco while he was at it. A friendship was formed and a week later they met Jamie fresh from rehab from excessive procrastination. Armed with a Bo Diddley cover, three guitar chords and a battered fiat, the trio embarked on an intensive, year long, world tour of open mics – at the same 4 Hull pubs.
Their journey since has seen The Quicksilver Kings walk a fine line between chaos and harmony, writing tunes from another era - simple songs that punch above their musical weight and capture the attention and imagination of all who hear them. Amassing a loyal following, they have received airplay on both local and national BBC radio and play support slots with the likes of Dodgy, The Beat, The Christians and the CC Smugglers. 2016 also saw them play on the main stage of Hull’s Humber Street Sesh festival. 2017 will see them release their debut full length album and hit the road to spread the word about Hull’s City of Culture year and cement their growing reputation as festival favourites