We’re delighted to announce that we’ve named the baby and that our new (4th) album is to be called HEROES. The due date for release is 29th April.

Thankyou to everyone who suggested names (with 6 letters in of course!). We chose Heroes as we wanted to dedicate this album to all those people who have inspired and supported us as musicians: family; friends; other musicians; our amazing fans who have been to gigs or bought our music; festival and gig organisers; radio and magazine folks – they are our heroes. We hope you love the album as much as we have loved making it.

If you fancy being one of the first to get your hands on a special *signed* CD copy before the release date, click the PRE-ORDER NOW button below.

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We have also now released The Oak and The Ash as a digital single on our Bandcamp page and on other digital platforms and will be taking to the road in the next week for a string of shows in March and April – a special HEROES tour of live gig dates. Check out our GIGS page for more info.

Big Banter smushy stuff, Tim, Simon, Nina & Mark xxxx


Banter live on the main stage at ‘A Celebration Of Sidmouth Folkweek’ 2021

“Banter were absolutely fantastic… such beautiful harmonies and great playing”

– Ralph McTell

“Featuring percussion, trumpet, Melodeon and keyboards. Banter are infectious… genre hopping… mixing Morris tunes, soulful vocals and raucous chorus songs into a concert headliner”

– Steve Knightley (Show Of Hands)

“Banter have opened a new chapter with their exciting take on basically English dance music”

–  Ashley Hutchings

“A splendid disregard for musical boundaries, but with a respect for English traditional music”

– Songlines Magazine – 4 star review

“Think Bob Cann meets La Bottine Souriante and you might be getting somewhere close”

– John Spiers (Spiers Boden, Peter Knight’s Gigspanner, Bellowhead)

“…Imaginative combination of musical styles and inventive playing…”

– Joe Grint (FATEA Magazine)


Banter (Nina Zella, Tim Walker, Simon Care and Mark Jolley) at Far Heath Recording Studios, Northants

2024 is already looking like being another busy Banter year. We’re launching our new album HEROES in April coupled with an album launch tour in March / April, an exciting and growing list of festival bookings for May / June / July / August, our third BanterFest in September, something very special that we’re planning for November and several trips into Europe sprinkled through the year.

Watch out for updates and announcements soon on the Gigs page and on our socials channels.

Love from Tim, Nina, Simon and Mark xxx


Massive bags full of Banter thanks to all the attendees, artists, crew and volunteers who came together for our second BanterFest in the Lincolnshire village of Welbourn this last September. A truly amazing weekend!!

We have now booked our artists for BanterFest 24 for the weekend of the 13th – 15th September 2024 and we hope that you are as excited by the stellar lineup as we are! The last handful of tickets that hadn’t been snapped up by last year’s attendees and mailing list members disappeared really quickly, so we can excitedly say that we’re SOLD OUT for this year.

If you missed out, then drop us a line at info@banter.band or click on the Buy Tickets link below to get yourself added to a waiting list for any returned tickets.

We are humbly and immensely grateful to Costa Festivals / Harmony Voyages for their support and mentoring in the evolution of BanterFest and we are especially thankful for their kind sponsorship towards the presentation of the Seth Lakeman Trio headline concert at BanterFest 2024.

Get your BanterFest tickets here.

If you would like to be added to our mailing list for updates email us at info@banter.band