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Video: “Gonna drive this old Sierra down the B1159” Fond childhood memories inspire folk band’s tribute to Norfolk road

PUBLISHED: 14:30 22 August 2014 | UPDATED: 14:42 22 August 2014

Addison's Uncle folk band on the B1159

Addison's Uncle folk band on the B1159


It may lack the rock and roll glamour of America’s famous Route 66.

Band facts

Addison’s Uncle is a six piece band formed just a year ago.

They are Philip Pearson , Aaren Bennett, James Maas, Joseph Hartley and Georgia Shackleton.

They feature two guitars, three vocals, a fiddle, mandolin, ukulele, bass and kick drum.

B1159 is released as a digital single today August 23, with an accompanying music video.

The band is doing a mini launch tour.

Saturday; Sedgeford Hall Twisted Melon festival (9pm headliners).

Sunday; Calm festival Loddon (1pm), Norwich Rocks, Gibraltar Gardens (6pm), River Garden Yarmouth Road Thorpe (9pm headliners).

Monday; Brickfest Brickmakers Norwich (6.30pm)

An album including a Live DVD of the band’s performance at Festival Too at King’s Lynn will be released in September.

Visit the band’s website or Facebook page.

But Norfolk’s humble rural roadway the B1159 has inspired a local band into song.

The US highway is a Mecca for road trip tourists getting their kicks in muscle car Mustangs or on burbling Harley Davidson bikes.

It takes them through iconic places such as St Louis, Missouri, Amarillo, Oklahoma, Flagstaff and San Bernadino.

In contrast the B1159 song rides along in an old Ford Sierra, via villages including Bacton, Sidestrand and Overstrand as it wends between Caister and Cromer.

Overstrand - namechecked in the B1159 song. Picture: ANTONY KELLYOverstrand - namechecked in the B1159 song. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

The band behind the song is Addison’s Uncle, who describe themselves as a “stampy” English Folk band.

Songwriter Philip Pearson, who grew up at Horsey where his parents still live, said the song was penned from childhood memories of the family journey along the road.

“We used to travel to see the family in Nottingham. Dad could have taken the A47, but he used to like going along the coast road and we used to stop off and have an ice cream.

“I wondered why we used to take such a big detour, but I can see the reasons now because it is a beautiful area.”

A road people are more used to singing about. America's classic Route 66 sign.A road people are more used to singing about. America's classic Route 66 sign.

The car was a cream Y-registered Sierra Ghia. In the song video it has become a black Escort - and the band is seen dropping in at other coastal delights such as Happisburgh lighthouse, Cromer pier and children’s funfair - putting at Beeston Hill before ending up at Philip’s local the Horsey Nelson’s Head to perform the song.

Mr Pearson, who like most of the band now lives in Norwich, said: “It is an upbeat happy song, which showcases how beautiful Norfolk and what fun it is to be in a band.”

• B1159 lyrics

Gonna drive this old Sierra down the B1159

Sure there may be faster routes that could take half the time The kids have almost gone insane the wife and I don’t mind

Gonna drive this old Sierra down the B1159

On our way back from Nottingham to see family & friends

Staying with the in-laws sure drives you round the bend

But instead of heading straight back home to bring pain to an end

Gonna take the longest route I can; through Bacton, Sidestrand, Overstrand (it’s such a kinda local joke)


Got held right up through Grantham and boy I swore & cursed Yelled, don’t you know I’ve got to go, and M’s dying of thirst But the 47 through Kings Lynn is too direct at first

And the speed limit is much too quick “it’s 60 at its worst”


Back when we were courting we would used to come this way

Fuel back then was half a crown and you paid the bloke in hay

And fish and chips at Potter Heigham and Nelson place to play Dominoes with uncle Rod a legend round this way


Was chatting with our landlord about a week ago

Told him of our journey home, the route we liked to go

And he paused, for a minute, thinking something up y’know

And all that he retorted was “that’s not the way to go”


Gonna drive this old Sierra down the B1159

If it’s the last thing I do before my kids kill me

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