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Faerground Accidents’ recruitment process says something about the band.

The Sheffield band were short of a keyboard player but instead of advertising, frontman Bomar Fairy - as he likes to be known - merely picked a man from the street.

The keyboardist - according to the frontman - simply looked interesting as he was walking down Division Street.

Indeed, with their strange title (and it’s even stranger spelling), enchanting frontman, arty music and Smiths-like lyricism, Faerground Accidents are completely off the wall, even in their HR department.

But the band’s also rooted in Sheffield musical heritage, with Murray Fenton - former Artery member - on guitar, as Fenton explains.

“It was at an Artery reform gig that I spotted the singer. We were doing the EP launch a few years back and I saw this man in the crowd who caught my eye. I remember thinking ‘who’s that’ and it was Bomar. He’s dead interested in Artery and liked my guitar playing so it’s worked out really well.”

Bomar is a striking figure on stage, according to Fenton. “He wears really unusual clothes - a bit like the artist Grayson Perry - and sometimes has Robert Smithesque make-up though he’s not trying to be Robert Smith.”

The band play as part of the Washington’s Easter festival this weekend, which is in memory of late Sheffield music lover Mick Deeley.

Proceeds from the event go to the Michael Deeley Foundation of St Luke’s Hospice.

Faerground Accidents will share a bill with The Unscenes, The VelcroTeddy Bears, Julian Jones and a DJ session from ABC’s Stephen Singleton.

There will also be an auction of memorabilia, such as Richard Hawley-signed artwork.

And it’s all in honour of Mick Deeley, who ran the Washington pub with his late wife Laura until around 2004. And it’s Mick’s name that the Michael Deeley Foundation was set up, which raises money for St Luke’s.

The couple were, as many people will remember, a huge part of the Sheffield music scene, as Washington landlord Pete Robinson remembers.

“I knew Mick and his late wife Laura for more than 30 years and our friendship grew over about three decades. What started as drinking together and seeing the couple on the scene became a very close friendship. We had a shared interest in that we both liked the same kind of music and frequented the same nightclubs and clubs. Mick and Laura were real music enthusiasts - always out at gigs and always dressed to the nines.”

Mick died earlier this year and Laura died several years ago but they will be well remembered at this one-off Easter event.

And it’s fitting that it’s at the Washington, not just because of Mick’s connections with the pub but also because of the Washington’s role in Sheffield’s music scene over the years.

For more than ten years the Washington has promoted local music. It’s hosted festivals, free gigs, live art and even photographic exhibitions and next weekend, the pub nods to its musical heritage while paying its respects to the memories of its beloved late landlord.

Fenton is already looking forward to performing at the event with Faerground Accidents.

“I’m very much looking forward to the event. Mick was on e of Sheffield’s characters and it’s an honour to be asked to be involved. It’s going to be a good time wake.”

The Washington’s Easter event runs from Good Friday (April 18) to Saturday (April 19).