The Darwins were formed in April 2013 with original members Paul Williams on drums/percussion, Geoff Higginson on electric and double basses and Neil Duncan-Jordan on acoustic guitar and vocals. In 2018, the band was joined by Charlie Goodwin on accordion, and a year later, Tom Cleverly stepped in with some cool trumpet and the odd bit of percussion. During the pandemic the band has kept sane by busking as much as possible, but at the moment Charlie is no longer playing with the band.
The band prides itself on never having played or even rehearsed a cover song. All the material is written by Neil and arranged by the band. The music draws on elements of soul, jazz and folk and the lyrics deal with both personal and political themes. Above all, the band represent years of musicianship and a passion for quality songwriting and performance. The Darwins play the way music should be: with meaning.