“Despite spending almost a month at various festivals already this summer, there were still an interesting selection of acts I'd not seen before. These included my favourite new act of the weekend The Sweetchunks Band - think Brian Blessed meets Mr B The Gentlemen Rhymer in waistcoats, patchwork trews, and steampunk hats” Efestivals.co.uk- review of Watchet 2014”
“'The Sweetchunks are so good that I would happily sell my own grandmother just to watch them play live again. Funny, lively and superb musicians, they are perfect accompaniment to any party, social gathering or hostile takeover. I love them. And I love their beards. I wish I had a beard like them. I wish I was them.'”
“First on the bill was local legend and bearded super king Stuart "Sweetchunks" Blakeledge, looking like a powerful 16th century king wearing an AC/DC shirt, He plays a powerful chap-chique version of the Pogues. He plays Foot stomping blues and old English folk, mixed with traditional drinking songs. And he plays it well. Joined By Jax Teller on Bass, it seems to work wonders playing singalongs like Whiskey in the Jar, Shaved off his beard and Over the hills and Far away"
Charley Patton - Southampton Music Magazine
“One of last year’s crowd favourites The Sweetchunks Band are back once again with their brand of Folk-filled humour and drinking songs. These clever lyricists perform a mixture of original songs and cover versions, including a particularly perverted version of Prince’s “Kiss” and a thoroughly reworked version of The Levellers “Boatman”. These guys know how to entertain a festival crowd and get the first dancers of the weekend on their feet. A surprise cover of Kenny Loggins's “Dangerzone” from Top Gun was thrown into the mix. This traditional folk mixed with blues and a smattering of Steampunk really has something for everyone with the foursome leaving the stage to generous applause.”
"Sweetchunks puts me in mind of a young Ronnie Drew, freed from the Dubliners to go carousing around the South of England weaving narratives of drunkenness, debt, confusion and more drunkenness. Then there's his playing. It is as if he took comprehensive guitar lessons from legendary bluesman Robert Johnson then went out into the world to spread his musical gospel - using a banjo! Catch him if you can."
Andy Williams - Express Fm
"I've never heard a band swear so much."
Stacey - Mr Wolf's - Bristol