AMERICANA band The Fireflys are ditching boozy venues for a tour of coffee shops.

The group – which has two Warrington members in brothers Joe and Spike Forber – are taking part in an acoustic roadshow called The Coffee House Sessions which starts on March 18.

It was set up in 2013 with the help of Radio 1’s Huw Stephens and is supported by major record labels like Universal, Sony and Warner Bros.

The platform is now considered an important part of the live music circuit and in a way it is taking things back full circle as 60 years ago coffee houses helped to break new talent such as the legendary Bob Dylan.

Frontman Lee Wylding said: “We feel absolutely honoured, it’s an incredibly prestigious tour and to even be considered for it is a big deal. We’re incredibly thankful and are really looking forward to hopefully reaching a prospective new audience.”

Joe, from Grappenhall who plays acoustic guitar, added: “It’s 19 gigs in all, with the pre-tour show at Society Tap Rooms in Runcorn. We’re playing two shows in one day on most of them too.”

Drummer Andie Packer reckons the shows will also fit the band’s relaxed style.

She said: “It’s only recently that we’ve started leaning towards a more folk oriented sound, maybe from our third album onward – 2013’s Embers Of The Autumn – and these pop-up style coffee house shows definitely seem like a good fit for our more laid back sound.”

The six-piece are looking forward to playing in some of the UK’s greatest music cities where they will have the chance to showcase songs from their fifth album, Only Us, Northern Lights, which will be released on indie label Strawberry Moon Records on May 31.

It is the start of what is already shaping up to be a great year as The Fireflys recently played Old Trafford on MUTV as part of legendary Manchester United footballer Paddy Crerand’s 80th birthday show.

Bassist Spike, a former Lymm High School student, said: “It was absolutely incredible, it was my first gig with the band and to be part of Paddy Crerand’s 80th birthday party and have it filmed for MUTV was a great way to initiate myself into the band. Not many people joining a band can say their first gig was that big. The fact that it’s being played on TV every day at the moment is something to be really proud of.”

The band have also received national airplay for their latest single, This House Is Ours, which has had more than 100,000 streams and sales on Spotify and iTunes.

Meanwhile do not expect any Gallagher brother style rivalry from Grappenhall brothers Spike and Joe.

Spike said: “I think being a family in a band definitely has it’s moments, but all in all we get on well, it’s nice to have my brother out on the road with me.

“Joe gave me guitar lessons years ago and we know each other’s styles well so we can compliment each other sonically.”

Lee formed The Fireflys when he was living in Vancouver.

He said: “It was just me and my acoustic guitar playing little shows but when I came home in 2009 I auditioned for players and shortly after that we put out our first album, Better To Burn Out, which opened the door with us hitting the top 10 on the Amazon download charts.”

“There have been so many highlights since then like recently hitting half a million streams and sales, signing a record deal and having Blueball Brewery create a beer in our honour. Things have really started to happen for us.”

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