Combining folk, bluegrass and country, The Winches take us on a trip through South East London.

The collective combine folk, bluegrass and country elements to tell a compelling story of catharsis and reflection on ‘Kitchen Sink’.

Photo: Reuben Davies Lindley | Words: Joshua Tubb

On their new single ‘Kitchen Sink’, South London collective The Winches establish an idiosyncratic evolution of folk, bluegrass and country elements to create a tune with danceable propulsion and tight lyricism. Its earthy arrangement and breezy rhythm suits the turn of the clocks and the fickle weather that has accompanied it. The song tells a story of an older woman reflecting on her past relationships and accepting lost time. She overcomes a difficult situation with a handsome but arrogant man, and although the song has a mournful tone, it is also celebratory. The music’s jangly, fluttery nature echoes the situation described, with flutes, banjos, fiddles, and drums swirling in a folky timelessness.

The Winches is driven by vocalists Maisy Banks and Oli Fox, with the rest of the band’s lineup regularly rotating among as featuring a pool of talented musicians from South East London. In addition to Banks and Fox, ‘Kitchen Sink’ also features Sam Abbo on guitar, Oscar Mortensen Cave on violin, Kate Burling on flute, Milo Mckinnon on piano, and Ollie Noble on drums. The chemistry among the band members is evident, and they all contribute to the song’s infectious energy. So sit back and relax – but not too much – while The Winches take you on a musical journey.