The Horse Puppets are a 7 piece band from Manchester.  The band have a hybrid indie sound like the more ambient side of The Black Keys or The Arctic Monkeys, mixed with country pedal steel guitar, violin, double bass, electronic synths and large vocal harmonies.


Thanks to a ‘borrow board’ behind the scenes of The Invisible Wind Factory, Liverpool, a Horse Puppet that should have been returned by ‘Molly’ 2 weeks before gave the band a new name.  A good job really as the previous suggestion of ‘The Suitcase 17’ was vetoed by Tommy’s missus who said it sounded like a front page headline for a murder in the 60’s.

The 5 piece band from Manchester, soon grew into a 6 piece, then a 7 piece as more instruments and sounds were added in recording their debut album.  ‘Sorry For The Inconvenience’ was recorded at Paul and Helen’s home studio in Manchester. 

Paul has been thrown in at the deep end with sound production, and with the help of some local engineers (and Andrzej’s bionic ears, which are both pitch and frequency perfect!!) he has produced the whole album himself.  This has allowed the band to retain a raw and uncoloured sound. All of the music was recorded live (with vocals afterwards) with all the band squeezed into the small room together with no headphones, no glass dividers, a large dog, and most importantly,  a real band sound.


Dropbox folder. (High and low res images)

Horse Puppets July 2020-22
Horse Puppets July 2020-28
Horse Puppets July 2020-14
Horse Puppets July 2020-2
Horse Puppets July 2020-19
Horse Puppets July 2020-9


In Jan 2020 'Which Way To Go' was featured on the BBC 6music/ Fresh on the net mixtape of new music.

“Love that whole swampy Dr John/Alabama 3 groove thing” - Tom Robinson, Fresh on the net & BBC 6 music

“One of those line ups you wouldn’t have seen 10 years ago…..very organic…they’re great to listen to” - Mike Sweeney,  BBC Radio Manchester

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Band lineup

Helen Bytheway - Lead vocals, piano, accordion

Paul Bytheway - Lead vocals, guitar, synths

Andrzej Baranek - Keys

Tommy Fuller - Upright and  electric bass

Josh Savage - Drums and vocals

Amy Eckersley - Vocals and violin

Chris Hillman - Pedal steel and dobro

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Contact details

Paul 07779845743

Helen 07919357106



Acoustic setup

For smaller intimate settings, the band can scale down to an acoustic duo or trio (Female vocals/piano, male vocals/guitar, double bass or pedal steel guitar