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Weekend Extra: Sleaford Mods have a treat in store — and it’s not soda bread

Mod for it: Sleaford Mods Andrew Fearn (left) and Jason Williamson

ONE unexpected aspect of lockdown was just how many people turned to baking. Some tried their hand at banana bread, others discovered the joys of a sourdough starter. Sleaford Mods frontman Jason Williamson is no exception — and he’s even started a cooking series with a difference.

Baking Daddy has him rivalling some of the sauciest chefs around, often clad only in an apron and giving you the recipe in a style that might well have Nigella Lawson quaking.

‘I don’t think she should be, really, not when you taste them,’ he howls with laughter. ‘Definitely not.

‘It is getting a bit weird now, though, to say the least. Me and my wife do them, we’ve been trying to do something a bit different. Touring, and music in general, has been taken away so we’ve just been making ourselves laugh’.

Concerts in their traditional sense may be on hold for the foreseeable thanks to Covid-19, but Sleaford Mods have a plan. On September 12 they will be streaming a live performance — complete with HD cameras and crystal clear sound — from London’s infamous 100 Club. No shoddy bedroom live streams here.

‘It’s difficult to get any kind of quality to the song with these DIY shows at home,’ explains Jason. ‘If you are experiencing the song sonically, at its best, then you’re enjoying it more. It’s all down to how good your wi-fi connection is. We did one where I performed a cappella from my toilet as it was for WaterAid and my connection just wasn’t good enough.’

How will it feel playing to an empty venue they last performed 18 months ago? ‘It’ll feel a bit weird with no audience, but you just have to treat it like you’re shooting a video, I suppose,’ Jason shrugs. ‘It’s a case of relaxing and being ourselves. I love performing, that’s going to get me through.

‘We just want to do something and see how it goes. It might fall on its face but we’ve got to give it a try.’

Letting off stream: The boys will livestream a one-off gig in HD PICTURE: FRANK HOENSCH/REDFERNS

Not being able to rehearse in person isn’t an issue for Sleaford Mods, either. ‘I always rehearse on my own anyway, because of the nature of the band I just get a backing track and rehearse to that. When Andrew [Fearn, instrumentalist] plays the music live, it’s the same thing. That’s the beauty of it really, we don’t depend on getting together so much.’

This show is to celebrate the success of latest Top Ten album All That Glue. When buying tickets, fans can opt to make a donation to a charity of their choice — Jason and Andrew have chosen Refuge as their good cause.

Jason says: ‘The plight of single mothers, and abuse to women in general, is horrendous. It means a lot to us. If we can help with this situation, it would be amazing.’

The pair are already working on a new album, says Jason. ‘We’re trying to write another one as we speak. Things are looking good recording-wise, but we can’t rush things when people’s lives are at stake.

‘I’ve been keeping busy, though… I’ve been sketching and drawing, I’ve been playing guitar again. I f***** my back up, so no exercise for me. DIY exercise in the garden is a no-no for someone approaching 50!’

Maybe he should just stick to the sexy baking for now.

Sleaford Mods will live stream a one-off gig from the 100 Club, London, on September 12,