What do you do when you're having a mid-life crisis? Get together with other similar sufferers and form a band, (with the exception of Jess, who is considerably younger and prettier than the rest of the band!). That's exactly what East Grinstead based band A Bag Full Of Hats did a few years ago and they've gone from strength to strength since then.

Starting off just practising in a local hall was all they originally planned to do, until someone suggested playing in a local pub in one of their 'open mic' sessions. Over the following months they played wherever and whenever the opportunity arose; private parties, open mic sessions, then in cafes and pubs. They have played at a Pagan Wedding, at folk festivals, in the grounds of Chartwell and 'live' on local radio.

It's not easy to categorise the band into a particular music genre as they play many different styles. They play a mixture of original songs and covers, from acoustic to folk to reggae to rock.

The band's line-up is dependant on the type of venue. Playing acoustically as a 3 or 4 piece, the rockier 5 piece pub band..

George Brinkhurst: guitar and mandolin and is the main vocalist and songwriter.

Pete Burton: bass and vocals.

Dave Phillips: 6 and 12 string guitars, washboard and boozaphone.

Steve Pritchett: guitar and vocals.

Jess Snashfold (nee Brinkhurst): drums and percussion.

They have made 3 CDs to date, 'Trilbies at Dawn', 'Every Little Song' and 'Live'.

4 Hats at Chequer Mead Theatre (22 May 2009) - photo by Bob Battersby