We are Splat the Rat, a five piece Swindon based folk orientated band comprising guitars, mandolin, fiddle, drums and bass all complemented by great vocal harmonies. Our repertoire comprises some well-known traditional tunes, a few obscure gems and a number of more modern songs from the 4 corners of the UK with few thrown in from America for good measure. We have songs of murder, love, debauchery, death, insanity, camels and heart break – there is something here for everyone!
The band has evolved over a number of years with the current line-up coming together in early 2019. Bob Shaw (Guitar, Mandolin and Vocal) and Tim Downes Hall (Drums), Joe Rendall (Guitar and Vocals) and Mike Rendall (Bass) amd Bryony Swinjer on fiddle. We have a penchant for taking both the well-known and the more obscure of folk tunes and play them in a way that makes them accessible to all, whilst maintaining the heart of tradition within them. Our sets provide an elegant mix of old songs, new songs, original songs and a number of familiar crowd pleasers ensuring that everyone goes away from our gigs in a happy place.