Fred’s House are an award winning band based in Cambridge. They make summery, 70’s West Coast inspired folk/rock but have their own distinctively fresh sound that is very much part of now. This group of musicians have the rare ability to sweep you away with their gorgeous harmonies, moving lyrics, infectious melodies and uplifting grooves. Among their many influences are the likes of Fleetwood Mac, Lissie, Missy Higgins and Janice Joplin.
Since forming in the home studio at Fred Cox's (Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, James Morrison) house in 2010, the band have put over 600 gigs under their belt. Creating quite a stir on the live circuit, their reputation for their stunning and energetic shows across the UK is going before them. Gaining a following wherever they go, their fans or 'Housemates', claim their music is addictive and come to show after show. Fred's House scooped two awards at the NMG Awards 2013; 'Best Folk/Roots Band' and 'Audience Choice Award' as voted for by the public. Then again in 2017, they were awarded the prestigious 'Syd Barrett Pride of Cambridge Award' presented to them by Syd's sister Rosemary, for continuous hard work and achieving at a high level for the past 5 years. They have released 3 albums to critical acclaim Bonnie and Clyde (2014) Faultlines (2016) and Careless (2018), grabbing 4 and 5 star reviews across the board as well as emphatic press.
"Exceptional debut album... a band capable of scaling considerable heights."
Festival appearances include Cambridge Folk Festival, Bestival, Acoustic Festival of Britain among many others. In 2017 the band embarked on a tour of CHINA as part of the Nanjing International Jazz and World Music Festival. The band have been main support for the likes of Eddi Reader, The Wonderstuff, Lucy Rose, The Shires, Phil Beer (Show of Hands), Ward Thomas and many more. Fred's House can often be heard on BBC 6Music, Amazing Radio, BBC Radio Wales, and local BBC stations across the UK as well as having been invited to perform live for BBC Introducing and Radio 2 DJ Bob Harris' Under the Apple Tree sessions.
Fronting the band is Vikki Gavin, a classically trained vocalist, who started the band with former member and singer-songwriter Griff Jameson when they met in 2008. The pair did a summer season in the Algarve and spent their spare time songwriting and getting a tan. Fred’s House was born when the pair moved to Cambridge in 2010 to form a band with their funky dancing bassist Gafyn Jameson (Griff's brother) and songwriter and guitarist Lachlan Golder. Then later in 2013 Cambridge legend Paul Richards, aka 'The Happiest Drummer', completed the lineup. Band politics and relationship breakdowns lead to Griff leaving the band after 8 years and now he is pursuing his acoustic duo project - Elizabeth and Jameson.
2019 sees a fresh new sound and approach for the band, introducing some keys into the sound and taking the band forward as a 4 piece, the band are excited to be going in a new direction and busy writing new material to be released in the near future.