Sheepstealers play (mostly) traditional, (mostly) English, (mostly) folksong and dance tunes accompanied on the somewhat unlikely line-up of (mostly) four saxophones (baritone, tenor, alto and soprano) plus double bass.
Sheepstealers started off as a project to see if a set of traditional folksongs and tunes could be arranged for a saxophone quartet to record. Subsequently, Sheepstealers were invited to perform a selection of these arrangements at a concert by Paul Sartin’s Andover Museum Loft Singers & Belshazzar’s Feast and thus did Sheepstealers take to the stage.
Sheepstealers take their name from a song “The Sheep Stealer”, collected by the Hammonds from Mrs Edith Sartin of Corscombe, Dorset around 1906. Collectively and/or individually they also play in orchestras, rock, jazz and ceilidh bands, and a workers’ dub-step collective.