The Hat

“Intoxicating. How many other bands can you name who are fronted by a vocal-scratching, singing drummer and a storytelling guitarist and backed by a trombone-wielding double bassist, and a multi-instrumentalist with a bunch of children’s toys at his disposal? An idiosyncratic pleasure and an esoteric delight” – THE GUARDIAN

Specializing in the telling of modern day fables, myths and tales set to contemporary live music scores, THE HAT mix storytelling with pop hooks, hip hop sensibilities, gospel style harmonies and cinematic live music.

The past two years has seen them touring the U.K and sharing the stage with acts such as The Mystery Jets, The Noisettes and The Bees ; Playing and touring at festivals around the country as part of The One Taste collective; Selling out headline shows at venues including The Spiegeltent, The Bush Hall, The ICA and The Komedia; Playing as house band at Bestival four years running (including programming and running their own stage in 2005) & releasing two singles to great acclaim on Sunday Best recordings.

In August 2008 The Hat received a grant from The Arts Council of Great Britain to make a multimedia theatre show. They worked with film-makers and theatrical directors, and the result was a half hour template entitled ‘The Raven Song’.

The piece was based on an ancient tale of mistrust and desire that the band had uncovered in an old suitcase they found at a boot fair. Now in January 2009, the full version of The Raven Song is underway, a tour is set up and The Hat’s debut album is completed. Watch this space!

The Hat are:

  • Daniel Clark – Storyteller / Singer / Electrified Guitarist / Trumpeter
  • Dave Sanderson (Lil’ Dave) – Vocal Scratcher / Singer / Drummer / Pianist
  • Buster Cottam – Double Bassist / Singer / Trombonist
  • David Stenhouse (Hairy Dave) – Acoustic Guitarist / Singer / Foley Man (Effects / Percussion)

(but they all have a go at each others instruments!)

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The Hat playing \"Wolves\" at OneTaste Brighton

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OneTaste\'s 4th Birthday Finale, Part 2 with The Hat