Police Dog Hogan
For those of you who are Guardian readers, you will already be aware of Police Dog Hogan, and its famous tea towels, via the banjo player and columnist, Tim Dowling. For everybody else this is a band that provides great entertainment
Originally a trio, Police Dog Hogan were formed in 2009 and have since developed into a high-energy and eclectic eight-piece band.
Led by their main singer/songwriter James Studholme, they combine fiddle, banjo, mandolin, accordion, brass, drums and guitars with knockout four-part harmonies in an exuberant fusing of country, pop, folk, and rocking urban bluegrass. They are, in fact, as hard to categorise as they are easy on the ear. Their literate and superbly crafted songs veer from the wistful and poetic to flat-out, foot-stomping tales of doomed barbecues, French mustard and falling in love on a Tennessee highway.
It’s a grown-up band that clearly relishes making the most of their increasing success in a world of much younger acts.
The Sunday Times has described them as “wonderful”; the Telegraph named them one of its ‘favourite new bands”; Radio 2 called them “a band to watch” and veteran DJ Johnnie Walker praises their gigs as “a really good, fun time”.
The band has toured the UK promoting their latest album ‘Westward Ho!’ playing at clubs, pubs, theatres and summer festivals, including playing the main stage at Kendal Calling in August last year.
Date of event:22nd April 2016