The Faux Fibbers
Nigel Knapp with Jerry Wigens - who backs up with hot and tasty guitar while muttering to himself 'It will all end in tears', and looks slightly bemused when the exact opposite occurs. – They play some of The Big Fibbers hits plus their new nutty, blues- tinged psych pop songs. Coal mining crows, paternal girlfriend theft, storm forecasts and dwarfs (in cupboards) are just some of subjects the new songs are about. 3 Faux Fibber songs - acoustic versions of tracks from the new album 'Learn to Lie' https://soundcloud.com/bigfibber
The Big Fibbers
Before that came THE BIG FIBBERS - (formed 2003)
A dancing fool who sings a bit and plays some strange wind instruments and a failed pantomime villain on acoustic guitar. They wrote songs about booze, madness, the ghosts of love, aliens, fish and even more booze.
One of the most energetic acts on the circuit – they have been playing festivals and pub gigs all over the country every year since 2003. (except 2020) Driven by Michael McDonough-Jones’ explosive and dynamic guitar playing, and M.R.L.P. Minister for Blatant Lies, front-man Nigel Knapp entertains any and every audience.
From the sublime to the ridiculous they fall somewhere between humour and despair with bits of mayhem and beauty thrown in for good measure.
Manic Folk – is that what they play or is that what they is???
The Big Faux Fibbers
And then came THE BIG FAUX FIBBERS (formed 2017)
Nigel Knapp joined by both Michael McDonough-Jones and Jerry Wigens. Yes two guitarists! How rock’n roll is that? Very!
On the first day God created The Big Fibbers. On the second day God created The Faux Fibbers. On the third day God created THE BIG FAUX FIBBERS. Then She took the rest of the week off and had a bloody good party!
The Bigger Fibbers
And occasionally (when we can afford to) we go out as
THE BIGGER FIBBERS (formed 2014)
Nigel & Michael joined by some fantastic musicians playing electric/stand-up bass, percussion/drums, violin, euphonium and other strange horns and sometimes two girl backing singers – The Maiden Aren’ts
Fibbers - Band Members
The Big Fibbers – The Bigger Fibbers – The Faux Fibbers
Vocals, swanee whistle and found objects.
Nigel Knapp formed his first band way back in 1983. Mr Jones & the Next Door Neighbours turned out to be quite a good punk band. Pity they were five years too late. After a year of rehearsals they got a gig in a dodgy Camden pub and they got their heads kicked in. The audience loved them! -Honest, it’s just the way people used to show their appreciation back then.
He spent the next two years in Europe, begging and busking. Honing his craft he called it. Bloody foreign hippies the locals called it.
Back in London he answers an ad for ‘a god damm crazy bonkers singer’ Zzub Zzub Buzz play surreal blues thrash – with cute bits. They form the Cucumber Liberation Front and become quite popular on the burgeoning Stoke Newington music scene. The band falls apart when the guitarist disappears to Ireland.
Nigel then joins The Loggerheads, a studio band mainly. The rest of the band don’t like performing which is what Nigel is really into. They produce a 12 inch single – Plan 9 From Outer Space -just before Nigel leaves.
He wants to perform and leap about and juggle vegetables. That opportunity comes with The Blatant lies Big Band. The B.L.B.B. aren’t a big band at all. That’s a blatant lie. There’s just two of them, Nigel and Grib. They do quite well and pull off a couple of West country tours. But Grib lives in Edinburgh and it all becomes a bit impossible.
In 2002 Nigel meets Michael Jones and The Big Fibbers come into being. They play pubs and festivals all over the UK. It gets to the point where The Big Fibbers can claim “We are big in Wales ” But then in 2018 Michael retires to the south coast. and The Big Fibbers fizzle out. S
So Nigel recruits a new guitarist – Jerry Wigens – and The Faux Fibbers are formed. The rest, as they say, is history.
As well as making music, Nigel’s also one of a rare breed – an honest politican! He stood in the last General Election as a member of The Monster Raving Loony Party. See here for more details – www.hackneyloonies.co.uk
The Faux Fibbers
Jerry Wigens is a guitarist and clarinet player who has been actively involved in bands since the late 70s and 80s when he played guitar in Rejects (later to become The Homosexuals), and The Republic who had two releases on Charlie Gillett’s Oval record label. He was also involved with experimental outfit Milk from Cheltenham.
More recently there were spells with country band East Lonesome Drifters and Brechtian pranksters the Rude Mechanicals before The Faux Fibbers were formed with Nigel Knapp in 2015.
Jerry is also active on the London improvisation scene making appearances with the London Improvisers Orchestra and with his trio Glowering Figs.
The Big Fibbers – The Bigger Fibbers
“….old ham re-emerges as bearded, would-be-villain……” – Panto Monthly
Roll of drums,curtain rises, smoke billows and parts – “He’s behind you…… HE’S BEHIND YOU !!”
He who was in the ground breaking performance Art ensemble The Event Group, of Cabaret Futura infamy
He who was a Cavalier and half of duo Cagliostra for El records
He who wrote and toured (dance company in tow) ‘A Perfect Action’ – an operetta about cricket.
He who was a 6-stringed love-god with The Ectomorph on Woronzow records.
He who was a purveyor of hallucinogenic cock-tail music inside The Imperial starship of Noise at Don & Dave’s Emporium of Mirth.
He who writes delicate and unusual songs of love and O’level history with Sarah-Jane Summerfield.
Who he???? – He – MICHAEL McDONOUGH-JONES – guitars, backing vocals and electric cricket bat
with The BIG Fibbers.
Smoke thickens, lights fade…..
“HE’S STILL behind you………”
Back in the day...
THE BIG FIBBERS BEAUTIFUL BUCKET OF FUN
Between April 2005 and September 2008 The Big Fibbers ran one of the best cabaret shows in London - "a variety show for the 21st century", said Time Out, London's Secret Scenes. Based mainly at The Bodrum Cafe, Stoke Newington ,but also in other venues all over London, The Bucket of Fun was home to some of London's more unusual acts.
It was described thus:
"The idea is to create a variety show for the 21st century in the basement bar of one of Stokie's fave turkish cafés. There are be musical turns, cabaret, poets, the odd stand-up (the odder the better), lots of drunken tomfoolery, NO jugglers - the ceiling isn't high enough - and amazing sounds from The Imperial Starship of Noise. And of course The Big Fibbers and - The Beautiful Bucket of Fun - whatever that is - probably a big bucket containing some strange and beautiful things which perhaps you might be able to win."
Some of the acts that appeared at The Beautiful Bucket of Fun -
Martin Doyle, Nigel Burch, Jan Noble, Kate Langan, David O'Connel, Wolfpack of One, Kevin 2 Sheds, Paul Hawkins, Abraham Gibson, Joe Buzfuz, David Cronenbergs Wife, The Mild Men of Borneomouth, Lou Psyche,Poet Treeman, J.J. Crash, Mister Lee, Fran Isherman, Dr. Simon Magdelan, Thee Intolerable Kidd, Fran Landesman, Head & Shoulders, The Ceasarins, Beans On Toast