If you’ve been a regular gig-goer in Blackpool over the last five years or so, chances are you’ll have seen Troubadour.
Andy Bache and Michael Shanagher are well known on the local music scene, and have had plenty of success since getting together in 2007.
They’ve played the Lowry for starters, shared stages with the Levellers and Newton Faulkner, and had a track off debut album Carnival Town used in BBC drama Waterloo Road.
And tomorrow they’re playing an intimate gig for their fans on the Fylde coast when they appear at Thornton Little Theatre.
Fans will notice a change – it will be the band’s first gig as a four-piece.
Deciding to shake up their sound a little while recording their second album, Troubadour have added multi-instrumentalist Bobby Turner and drummer Chris Tweedie, former member of the metal outfit Six 10 Repeater.
“I think the next album will sound a lot fuller, bigger, and some of the songs are quite beat orientated – so it’s still a singer-songwriter album but there is a groove to it all,” said Michael.
“We wanted to develop more as a band and having drums on some songs enables us to play around a bit more.”
Andy and Michael, though, remain at the core of everything the band produce.
They formed Troubadour in 2007 after meeting at the school where they taught in Poulton. Both in their 30s, they discovered a shared love of folk-roots music and began to write songs.
Mike, who lives in Thornton, plays guitar, is the lead vocal and does most of the songwriting. Layton-based Andy plays bass. “And also some acoustic guitar, banjo, harmonica, tin whistle ... basically Mike will say I need this instrument and I have to learn it!”
The pair still teach by day but harbour dreams of going further in the music world.
Check them out tomorrow in Thornton. Tickets are £7 from www.marinehall.co.uk or 01253 887693.