We are...The Corsairs

Formed in March 2022...The Corsairs put their stamp on the York music scene when they played their debut gig to a packed out Fulford Arms just three months later.

The band consists of best mates Ned Swarbrick (vocals/guitar), Bryn Wade (bass) and Matthew Lilley (drums/guitar), and draw influences from the likes of The Kooks, Jake Bugg, The Coral and The Libertines.

With over thirty or so shows under their belt, they have already supported the likes of Andrew Cushin, Tom A Smith, China Bears, and opened for Welsh indie legends Trampolene on a couple of occasions.

They may be fresh faced, but they create music packed with kitchen sink drama and social commentary. Forging their own path, with songs bursting with youthful exuberance - choppy rhythms and driving guitars to acoustic anthems sing-a-long choruses, displaying their versitility as musicians as well as their many influences as a band.

With most of their gigs in and around their home city of York and the Fulford Arms, The Corsairs now starting to spread their wings, with shows at the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds, headline slot Record Junkee in Sheffield and well a trip across the Pennines to play in Preston.

They currently have three of releases to their name...Debut release B-Side, a quiet anthem to the boredom of youth is followed up by their second single, the incredibly infectious track "Jackie the know it all" recorded at York's own Young Thugs studios.

Their latest release Primetime Television has been described as a punchy, power-packed, persistent, poppy platter...and exactly what a great pop-rock song should sound like. Ned's wry, observational lyrics, delivered in an original and cheeky slant make him a voice to remember.

The Corsairs...Definitely, a band to watch out for, if they are this good now what will they be like when they come of age? I love it when a band looks to be enjoying themselves on stage and the Corsairs seemed to be loving it!

Bill Adamson
With Just A Hint Of Mayhem
Jackie video shoot
Backstage at the Fulford Arms

Their innate sense of fun comes across in their songs...yet their lyrics dig a little deeper...showing a maturity that belies their years. ‘City Song’ has a similar vitality to ‘Jackie’, with Matthew’s drumming once again serving as the backbone.

Sara Seddon
The Bucket Playlist

It was an absolute pleasure to host @thecorsairsofficial today at @yorkcityfc today. What a band, great songs...Serious talent!

Dave Hughes
Music at York City FC
The Corsairs at PUNK YORK2

I am absolutely in awe of you guys,...you guys are genuinely unbelievable

Olly Hilton

One to watch - these young-uns are light years ahead!

Independent Venue Week
Fulford Arms
The Corsairs at the Fulford Arms