The Machine Breakers are a powerful and passionate musical act built around the songwriting of Julian Pollard. The Band's aim is not only to delight and inspire, but to challenge.
Their work is critically acclaimed: Sea Green described as ‘a masterpiece’, The Bells Ring Anyway nominated for a U.S. Indie Acoustic Award, their live album Sunday Evening - 10 PM hailed as a ‘fantastic collection of work to date’, live performance noted as ‘stunning.…passionately intense’, and with the album Eight Men from Three Beams they ventured forth, ‘once more with this brilliant studio work’. The release of the band’s fifth studio album The Land Was Stolen saw the tracks Among the Boxes and The Times They Ain't a Changin' Bob made into videos (available on YouTube) and the title track used in the documentary The Great British Mortgage Swindle. Over the years Julian Pollard’s song writing has won plaudits from many a diverse quarter, including Mike Harding, Ray Davies and Steve Winwood.
The band have been played on the radio throughout the country, including Mike Harding's Show on BBC Radio 2, and a live session at the BBC’s Pebble Mill studio.
Festival credits include: The Larmer Tree, Broadstairs, Wimbourne, Bridgenorth, Cromer, Wheaton Aston, Hook Norton, Wallingford Bunkfest, and Beggars Fair.