The Tragics were born on a Friday afternoon long ago in Sowerby Bridge when, fueled by a crippling overdose of tea and cheap tobacco Jim Bottomley (Guitar, Vocals) and Andy Greaves (Vocals, Guitar) all of a sudden started to play 'country music' by mistake. Shortly afterwards Andy learned to play the mandolin, on purpose.

Their characters now as black as tar and tannin Jim and Andy still play as a duo though the Tragics at its fattest is a six or even seven piece band taking in a variety of musical styles delivered with cheerful savagery, memorable melodies and (preferably) not too many chords.