The Hog Ranch


Another of those bands that found their feet at Sore Fingers Week making legendary performances in that high profile event. They have come a long way since then, performing around the Bristol area and at Bluegrass Festivals. Well here they are and you will be glad, as The Hog Ranch play a range of Bluegrass and Americana including some self-penned numbers.

Keith Howard – Guitar Vocals SongwritingOriginally hailing from a Country Rock background with Bristol Band ‘The Hanks’, Keith caught the Bluegrass bug after attending The Didmarton Bluegrass Festival, meeting Sean and Bob at various jams, ‘… I guess when you run into someone with an identical record collection you either marry them or start a band with them, I’'ve done both….’

Sean Hogan – Banjo Vocals GuitarSean ‘Hog’ Hogan has played with a myriad of talents around the southwest, playing a hard driving banjo to rival the best. He lends his extensive repertoire to The Hogranch to call on, contributing to the ecletic mix of songs that makes the band unique.

Bob ‘Chilli’ Pepper – Mandolin/VocalsBob trills and spills his mandolin throughout the band's songlist and writes the occasional tune too, adding the high tenor to the harmonies which are the band's trade mark.

Deb Howard – Double bass VocalsEvery ship needs an engine room and Deb keeps the band on course with metronomic precision and haunting bowing.


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Bow-Legged 'Skeeter'

A 5 piece band playing hard driving Bluegrass and American Old-Time music with an emphasis on strong vocal harmonies.


The band was formed in 2010 and the current line up is:

Charlie Cole  -  5 string Banjo. Charlie is a lifelong Bluegrass Banjo player and banjo teacher who has appeared in a number of other Bluegrass bands.

Lindsey Cole - Double Bass and Vocals. Lindsey is Charlie’s sister and has been singing and playing the Bass for four years. She is also a professional Artist.

Richard Filleul - Guitar and Vocals. Richard is an experienced Bluegrass Guitarist and Singer who has also played with the Bluegrass band ‘Steamboat’.

Pete Minkey - Mandolin and Vocals. Pete is an experienced gigging musician who has played and recorded in other genres including Rock, Celtic and Jazz.

Nigel Canter - Fiddle. An experienced and respected Fiddle player in both the Bluegrass and Folk worlds).


Influences span American Old-Time and Original & Modern  Bluegrass and stretch typically from the Stanley Brothers, Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs to Alison Krauss, Dan Tyminski, Mountain Heart, Blue Highway and the Steeldrivers, with a bit of Gospel thrown in for good measure. They have played at several festivals including Wessex, Mickleham and Westbury.  The band currently have a regular monthly gig at ‘Cranberries Bistro’ on Poole quay on the 2nd Friday of each month. (phone Pete Minkey on 01425 489376 for details).


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The Earl Greys

This variation on the Old Grey Dogs features Joe and Barry with some excellent banjo, mandolin and fiddle work. To get the flavour of Earl Grey  check out this from the Old Grey Dogs:


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Brian’s Bluegrass Bandeiros


Brian Dowdal - lead and harmony vocals, rhythm guitar.
Nigel Canter - fiddle and mandolin, harmony vocals.
Guy Rogers - banjo, mandolin, guitar, lead and harmony vocals.
Nye Davis - double bass.


Traditional driving bluegrass from this newly formed band, featuring the songs of Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs, Jim and Jesse, Jimmy Martin, Peter Rowan,and a sprinkling of Hank Williams. All set for a fun time, remembering Phil Morley and generating the enthusiasm he gave to us all.


The Bandeiros will also lead the gospel session on Sunday morning.


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The Vanguards

A Croydon-based bluegrass band, playing a collection of popular bluegrass tunes and standards. 

Chris Lord - Banjo

Laura Nailor - Fiddle

Jack Baker - Guitar & mandolin

Alex Clarke – Guitar.


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Native Grass

Native Grass are an East Kent band based in Whitstable,Dartford and Maidstone playing their own take on of early Bluegrass and Old Timey material, featuring frailing banjo, two finger style picking, close harmony singing, bluesy weissenborn slides and a dash and a flash of Appalachian clogging.


They run the "Little Opry" at Cliftonville in Margate the last Saturday in January, March,  May, July, September and November.   Band members are Alison (mandolin, guitar and vocals), George (banjo, fiddle and weissenborn) Lesley (rhythm guitar, lead vocals and clogging) and Gill (bass, lead guitar and vocals).


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The Anker Valley Boys