Hailing from Manchester, alternative folk band, The Travelling Band features Adam Gorman (vocals, guitar, keys, harmonica), Jo Dudderidge (vocals, guitar, keys, mandolin), Steve Mullen (lead guitar, vocals), Chris Spencer (bass) and Nick Vaal (drums). During a recording session in New York City, The Travelling Band formed in 2006. This is where the band wrote and recorded they first studio album ‘Under The Pavement’ which was later released in 2008 to much praise from the UK music press and received notable coverage on BBC Radio 6 Music, BBC Radio 2 and featured in Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, the Ian Dury biopic.
With a strong DIY ethic, the band created several hand-crafted, specially-packaged EP to help promote the album before it’s release in 2008. During this period The Travelling Band won Glastonbury Festival 2008’s ‘New Talent’ award.
The band signed with Cooking Vinyl in 2011 to release their second studio album ‘Screaming is Something’ which, again, was well received by the UK music press. The band spent 2014 promoting their third full-length record ‘The Big Defreeze’.
In December 2014 the band were victims of theft when their van, containing £30,000 worth of equipment was stolen from their hometown in Manchester. Farida stepped in and offered the band’s singer/guitarist Adam Gorman a D-52E in vintage sunburst to tide them over while they had no equipment. Luckily the police managed to recover their vehicle complete with their stolen gear, regardless Adam decided to keep playing the Farida D-52E.
When asked about his Farida D-52E Adam Gorman says:
“I’ve not been able to put the D-52E down since I got it. It’s got a lovely warm sound, and the thin neck is just right for me. Farida, very kindly got this to me when all our gear was stolen, and I’ve since fallen in love with it. From the way it plays to the Fishman Ellipse pickup system that makes it a great guitar to have on tour. The ability to be able to blend the mic and the pickup makes it incredibly versatile. We use a lot of guitars live and this is perfect for the more stripped down occasions when you really want the tone of the acoustic to sing. I’ve got the vintage sunburst D-52E, so it looks great too!”