Artist info


Indie, Rock, Roots

band members

Terry Darmody, vocals, harmonica; Tony Burkys, guitar, vocals; Bob McGowan (deceased) guitar, mandolin, vocals; Keith Shadwick (deceased) saxophone, flute, vocals; John Taylor, bass, vocals; Warwick Kennington, drums, vocals. Lyricists Mark Butler and John Dease are two non-playing members of the band.


Django Reinhardt; The Band; Chuck Berry; Doc Watson; Fats Waller; The Beatles; the Rolling Stones



UBB began in early 1974, out of the ruins of the Original Battersea Heroes/Heroes, with three former members Terry Darmody, Tony Burkys and Bob McGowan, joining Warwick Kennington, John Taylor and Keith Shadwick to "rock that beat with Django swing" None other than Toby Creswell described UBB as "hands-down the best rock band in the country" at that time. Unfortunately, the band went into a long recess in 1976, emerging in 2006 to make an album, then going quiet again until 2018, when a GoFundMe campaign raised $10K to make one final record. It will be their final record because the Uncle Bob of the name, master guitarist McGowan, died just before recording began, altho he had put down two tracks. Now in their seventies, UBB has never lost the freshness of youth.