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R2 magazine feature
Thursday, 23 July 2015

The July/August edition of R2 magazine includes a half page feature on Sergeant Buzfuz. Available at all good newsagents (mostly the larger ones). The covermount CD includes "Move, Carmelita" from the new album. Here's a scan of the article.

Shirley Inspired album
Monday, 01 June 2015

Joe contributes a cover of "Adieu To All Judges And Juries" to a new Shirley Collins tribute album. Starting life as a digital collection of songs recorded by various artists for the Crowdfunding campaign for independent documentary film "The Ballad Of Shirley Collins", the album has grown into the triple vinyl "Shirley Inspired" out now on Earth Recordings, with a CD version available in the Autumn.

The limited (1000) vinyl album features contributions from Alasdair Roberts, Lee Ranaldo, Graham Coxon, Will Oldham, Trembling Bells, Stewart Lee, Bonnie Dobson, Rachael Dadd, Sharron Krauss, Sally Timms with the Mini Mekons, Rozi Plain, Olivia Chaney, Tunng and Farao, Orlando and Tom Furse (The Horrors) and fellow Blang artist and Sergeant Buzfuz backing singer Slate Islands (AKA Polly MacLean).

This review from The Vinyl District mentions Joe's and Polly's songs: 

Podcast of Croydon Radio Joyzine session
Monday, 11 May 2015

Podcast of Joe, William and Polly on last week'd Joyzine show on Croydon Rado. Three songs and interviews. Here

S6 Girls comic book, single and video
Sunday, 15 February 2015

Our new single 'S6 Girls' is officially out on March 9. It's the story of a group of girls having a night out in Sheffield and the B side 'S6 Sunday Morning' continues the story the next day. It's available as a 40 page comic book, with the lyrics illustrated by Julia Homersham, with free CD-R in a PVC wallet, on sale at shows and at the Blang shop. Both tracks are available now at the Blang shop (A side is at all online stores now and B side will be there on March 12).

Here is the brand new video which is basically the comic book

The album is released on Easter Monday, April 6. There's a London launch party with the whole band, which will be a special free show (more details next month) and Joe is playing a bunch of shows in the Scilly Isles, Ireland, Leicester, Sheffield and Liverpool.

Oh and there's a very early review of the album here 

Dates are on the Gigs page. Shows outside London are Joe solo.

2 London shows this week/12 Bar Club closure
Monday, 15 December 2014

Sergeant Buzfuz finish the year with a show at the Stag's Head in Hoxton this Friday (onstage 9.15)where all seven of us will be bringing festive cheer to the urchins of east London. Before that Joe and Polly (AKA Murphy MacLean) play at the Under The Influence Alternative Christmas Service at the Boogaloo in Highgate tonight, playing two of our songs and a Xmas spin on a Talking Heads song.


Monday December 15th
Under The Influence Alternative Christmas Service with Sergeant Buzfuz, The Antipoet, Simon Cleary, Lee Nelson and more.
£3 entry.
Doors 7 30 pm. Music 8 pm.


Friday December 19
Broken Light VI at Stag's Head, 55 Orsman Road, N1 5RA
Also playing: Rotifer (with Ian on drums),Solid States (Thee Intolerable Kidd's new band)  and more.

£5 entry


12 Bar Club Closure.

Some of you may have heard of the forced closure of the 12 Bar Club by property developers on January 16th. Not just the 12 Bar but the whole musical history of Denmark Street is to be destroyed to make way for a yuppie development. The original Tin Pan Alley, notable worldwide for it's music shops and it's history of recordings by the Beatles, the Stones, Hendrix, etc and the Pistols' rehearsal space (I'm guessing the graffiti covered wall there is also doomed). If Denmark Street existed in say Paris there is no way such cultural heritage would be allowed to be sold. Indescribably sad. Another example of this city going down the pan. There is talk of me putting on a final Blang night in the next month. I'll let you know.

It's been a year of very mixed blessings for me. I hope your's has been more peaceful. Have a great Christmas and New Year everyone.

Joe X

Gold Feelings video, 6 Music play
Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Our new album, finished over a year ago, is out in the new year. In the meantime there's a new single (Gold Feelings / Cuckoo Boogie) and video.


Last night Gideon Coe played the B side Cuckoo Boogie. If you want a listen it's at 54 mins, uncomfortably sandwiched between Georgie Fame and Johnny Moped. The show also features Steven James Adams, Alex Highton and The Wave Pictures who all used to play at Blang nights at the 12 Bar Club.



Here's us (sans Stu) frolicking on Hampstead Heath in June making the video for Gold Feelings, directed by Susanna Hellden:



Is a download single, on all online platforms on Friday November 14. You can pre-order it at Amazon here

Who is Sergeant Buzfuz?
Thursday, 11 September 2014

William Barr - mandolin

Ian Button - drums

Joss Cope - bass

Stu Crane - guitar

Polly MacLean - bvs

Eilsh McCracken - fiddle, flute, whistle

Joe Murphy - vox, guitar

Sergeant Buzfuz are a seven piece indie/pop/folk/antifolk/rock/postpunk/storytelling group based in South London led by Joe Murphy who also plays solo under his own name and co-runs the Blang record label. Joe's songs are a mixture of the pop. post-punk and folk he grew up listening to in Sheffield and the storytelling tradition of his Irish ancestors.

Sixth album "Balloons For Thin Linda" (2015) is a collection of stories about London (and one about Sheffield).

Fifth album "Go To The Devil And Shake Yourself" (2012) chronicled the story of the first fourteen centuries of the papacy. Gideon Coe played tracks seven times on his BBC 6 show. Ian Rankin listed it in his top twenty albums of the year. Joe and Polly performed the album as a show at the Edinburgh Free Fringe in 2012.

Sergeant Buzfuz have played BBC 6 Music sessions for Tom Robinson (twice) and Marc Riley.

Joe ran the Blang nights at London's 12 Bar Club for ten years from 2002 which gave birth to the Blang label which he set up in 2005 and now co-runs.

September Newsroom
Wednesday, 03 September 2014

New album should be in shops either November or January. Artwork being finalised.

Video being made for next single "Gold Feelings".

Joe playing various solo shows in meantime. See Gigs page.

New short film featuring Joe/Sgt Buzfuz
Thursday, 15 May 2014

A new short film by Susanna Hellden about four London-based musical acts and their relationship with the city was premiered at the BFI recently. It's now on YouTube here 
It features a couple of short interviews with Joe  and a video for 'Danny's Room' from upcoming album 'Balloons For Thin Linda'.

February Newsroom
Tuesday, 05 February 2013

Our 2010 Tom Robinson session was repeated the other night on BBC 6Music. You can catch it for another 5 days here

We've started work on recording our new album which should be out later this year if we can afford to keep booking the studio twice a month. It features our new bassist George Brufton.

Joe is playing his first dates in Germany and Holland in April, for this and other band/solo gigs see Gigs

'Sur Le Pontiff D'Avignon' from the last album is featured on the covermount CD of the latest issue of R2 magazine, available at larger branches of W H Smith and discerning newsagents. 

'Go To The Devil And Shake Yourself' was included by Ian Rankin in his top albums of 2012

Joe on new Band Of Holy Joy album
Monday, 25 June 2012

The new Band Of Holy Joy mini-album ‘The North Is Another Land’ is out now. As with all this splendid band’s output it’s a great album. It seems to be a collection of rarities and curiosities and features ‘It Is Written On The Wind’, a track Joe played lead guitar on in 2004. The mini-album/maxi-EP is beautifully packaged and here’s a review from Mudkiss

Folkwords interview
Thursday, 12 April 2012

Interview with Joe at Folkwords

Gideon Coe/album release put back one week
Thursday, 05 April 2012

Gideon Coe played us again on Tuesday night on BBC 6 Music. That's six times in seven weeks. Thanks Mr Coe.
Due to the kind of technical hitch/bad luck that seems to follow us around the album's shop release has been put back a week to Monday April 16. But you can order it now from the Blang Records shop and as a download from all digital stores.
The first review is in at FolkWords and they're going to interview us next week.

Arts Desk radio
Monday, 02 April 2012

The Arts Desk radio show gave 'Here Come The Popes Part 4' a spin. It left them in hysterics. “I find myself almost lost for words...absolutely glorious” said Peter Muggs.
About 50 mins in here

Tom Ravenscroft BBC 6 spin
Saturday, 24 March 2012

A track from the new album was played for the fifth week in a row on Gideon Coe's BBC 6Music show on Thursday. Tom Ravenscroft was standing in for him this week. "It's a peculair record. I think I rather like it though" he said. Then he announced the album is called "Go To The Evil And Shake Yourself" which we quite like."Go To The Devil And Shake Yourself is out April 9th.

More radio play
Thursday, 15 March 2012

Gideon Coe played 'Here Come The Popes Parts 2 and 3' on Monday on 6Music. That's 4 weeks in a row he's played the new album.
We'll have news of an April gig in London very soon.

BBC 6Music
Thursday, 08 March 2012

Gideon Coe played "A Hole In The Wall" from the forthcoming "Go To The Devil And Shake Yourself" LP again last night, he's played tracks from the album three weeks in a row.

More radio/Brixton gig Friday
Tuesday, 06 March 2012

Gideon Coe played another track from the new LP last week: "Here Come The Popes Part 4".
We're onstage at 11 30 on Friday night at the Prince Albert on Coldharbour Lane, London SW2. Free entry.

Radio play, new album
Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Gideon Coe played "A Hole In The Wall" from our forthcoming "Go To The Devil And Shake Yourself" album on BBC 6Music. The album is due out on Easter Monday April 9.

Radio session Friday
Tuesday, 14 February 2012

This Friday night at 11 30 Joe brings his Holloway tales event to Johny Brown's Mining For Gold show on Resonance 104.4 FM. Joe and 8 or 9 other songwriters perform their songs inspired by an afternoon down the Holloway Road.
It follows the live session by the full Buzfuz band on last Saturday's Hello Goodbye show, also on Resonance.

Molly's Bar on radio tonight
Saturday, 09 July 2011

Tom Robinson's playing Molly's Bar tonight on BBC 6 about 1.40 am

"Danny's Room/Molly's Bar" single out now
Saturday, 04 June 2011

Our new double A side single “Danny’s Room/Molly’s Bar” (BLANG 33) is out now in all download shops.

The first reviews are here:
Whisperin And Hollerin
New Singles Review Blog (we’re Single Of The Day, scroll to May 31)

And here’s a video of the A side

We’re promoting the single live here:
Tuesday June 7    12 Bar Club LONDON (see below)
Friday June 17     The Grain Barge BRISTOL

And we’re part of this recent feature on “Post-Folk” on the news website of London Metropolitan University’s journalism students.

Ray Davies night
Monday, 23 May 2011

I'm playing Ray Davies pre-Meltdown tribute at Boogaloo tonight. I'm playing 'I'm Not Like Everybody Else', plus two of mine, and then playing the pub joanna for the mass singalong finale of 'Lola'. Only £3 entry.  Joe

Danny's Room/Molly's Bar single
Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Our next single is a double A side download release. Danny’s Room/Molly’s Bar is out on May 30th.

Don Letts plays 'Wake Up Brixton'
Monday, 24 January 2011

Don Letts played 'Wake Up Brixton, Eat Your Breakfast' on his BBC 6Music show on Saturday night/Sunday morning. It's the 4th track on our forthcoming 'Knock Knock Knock' EP and is an Oculus III Remix of 'Knock Knock Knock'
You can hear it here at the 43 minute mark.

Knock Knock Knock on Sky Sports
Friday, 14 January 2011

If you have Sky Sports on your TV you can hear our new single ‘Knock Knock Knock’ this Saturday (tomorrow) on Sky Sports 2’s ‘Soccer AM’ show (10 am to 12). Apparently it’s going to be the theme music for some hot goal action as various footballers knock knock knock the ball into the back of the net.

End Of Year Report
Friday, 24 December 2010

2010: We released ‘Here Come The Popes Part 4’, the last single from ‘High Slang’ and promoted it with a live session for Tom Robinson on BBC 6Music.
We said goodbye to John Paul Jones and Kate Arnold. Said hello briefly to Steve Gilchrist who played bass for several months. Then said hello to our new bassist (and banjo player!) Andy Crowe.
We recorded our next two singles, ‘Knock Knock Knock’ and Molly’s Bar’ and carried on work on the next album ‘Go To The Devil And Shake Yourself’ which is about 80% done.

2011: We’re going to release these records at last. Rough schedule:
February 21: Knock Knock Knock EP (4 tracks)
May: Molly’s Bar single
Summer: Go To The Devil And Shake Yourself album (the history of the papacy up to early 1400s).
And we’ve got loads of other new songs we’ll be playing live.

Good luck for 2011
Sergeant Buzfuz

Summer newsroom
Sunday, 25 July 2010

It's summer. And we're all buggering off on various holidays. Mine's a slightly working holiday as I'm playing at the Edinburgh Festival and no doubt a few folk nights in Banffshire. We'll be back in September starting with the first 12 Bar Club Blang night in its new first-Tuesday-of-the-month slot on September 7th. This one should see all 6 of us playing, including our new bassist Mr Andy Crowe. Then we play three London gigs in October.  I'm currently putting finishing touches to EP due in October and playing accordion on Kinkajou's forthcoming album. Have a good summer.

July Newsroom: new video, Edinburgh Festival etc
Monday, 05 July 2010

Here’s a video of us playing ‘Knock Knock Knock’ at our recent BBC 6 session for Tom Robinson.
Featuring Steve ‘Stuffy’ Gilchrist guesting on bass.  Stuffy’s last gig with us will be the Blang night at the 12 Bar Club this Monday July 12th. And then we’re auditioning new bassists. We’re still busy in studio here and there working on the Popes album and new EP. I’m playing solo at the Edinburgh festival at Lach’s late night Antihoot (12 30 to 2 30) at the Gilded Balloon Teviot on August 7 and 8.

June Newsroom
Wednesday, 02 June 2010

We've started recording our next record, the"Knock Knock Knock" EP. It'll be "Knock Knock Knock" and 3 B sides including a remix by Oculus III. We've also been recording for the next album which'll be the first 'Popes' album. We're hoping to finish that by the end of the year. We play a gig of entirely new songs on Monday July 12 at the 12 Bar Club. And I'm playing 3 songs at a Leonard Cohen "Under The Influence" night at the Boogaloo in Highgate on June 21st. One Cohen song and two of mine.
Stay buzzed up!

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