A FOLK funk group who whipped partygoers into such a frenzy of dancing at one venue that they broke the stage has launched its much-awaited debut album.

Many of Lonesome Stampede’s tunes that led to the stage cracking at The Globe in Hay-on-Wye have been included in Barebones.

The CD cover, a group of men daubed in skeleton body paint, who are not the members of the band but a tribe from Papua New Guinea, inspired the album’s title and reflects the group’s ambition - a second album is planned and they dream of one day playing at Glastonbury.

“We are doing really well, but we would still like to flesh out with more gigs and festivals,” explained Joe Emmett, singer in the six-piece along with Lizzie Keylock.

Drums, guitar, bass and soaring fiddle combine to produce Lonesome Stampede’s fun and varied sound that goes beyond their pioneering folk funk to what’s been described as rock, raggle-taggle and even fine ballads.

“It’s fun to play. That’s the ultimate thing; to get up on stage and get people dancing,” said Joe.

Bristol-based Jelli Records said: “It all gels into a superb album which is worthy of wide exposure.”

There’s praise too from Richard Page, MC of the Wild Hare Club gigs in Hereford who said people “love” the sound, adding: “However, it is the rousing Sky High Breeze that will get those festival crowds jumping in their wellies.”

“That’s what we are really, a dance band,” said violinist Andy Fryers.

Barebones was recorded at KJM Studios in Hereford, owned by Corin Myatt who worked as a sound engineer with James and is available to download from iTunes and Spotify.