Ropery Hall welcomes Police Dog Hogan

If you read  a couple of the broadsheets,  or if you travel with Rough Guides ,or watch TV ads then you probably know several of this extraordinary band that make up Police Dog Hogan.

Tim Dowling  on banjo writes a very popular, and totally hilarious, weekly column in the Guardian’s Saturday supplement while Tim Jepson  on mandolin is a former DailyTelegraph travel columnist who has several Rough Guides to his credit  and affable and entirely eccentric frontman James Studholme  runs one of the country’s leading film production companies and produced that wonderful John Lewis Christmas ad.

“Aside from their success at their day jobs, for everybody else this is a band that provides great entertainment,” explained Mark Keable of mtm promotions who is bring the eight piece band to Barton upon Humber’s Ropery Hall on Friday, April 22.

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 so easy on the ear,” Mark went on. “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.”

James adds:  “Our aim is always to have a great time playing and singing – and for our audience to enjoy each show as much as we do.”

“It’s a grown-up band and we clearly relish making the most of our increasing success in a world of much younger acts.  The combined age of One Direction still isn’t as much as just our bass player and drummer,” he went on.  “But we promise a belter of an evening just the same.  There’s lots of life in us yet!”

The Sunday Times has described them as “wonderful”,  the Daily Telegraph named them one of its ‘favourite new bands” and Radio 2 called them “a band to watch” while veteran DJ Johnnie Walker praises their gigs as “a really good, fun time”.

Together, this group of London media friends got together out of a joint love of American music.

“You could call it Americana, country-folk, folk-pop or even urban bluegrass, but it’s difficult to do justice to the sheer range of styles this band is willing to take on and, if necessary, transform,” Mark added.

Tickets to see Police Dog Hogan’s gig, that starts at 8pm, cost £15 or £17 on the door and can be bought online at www.roperyhall.co.uk, in person from the Craft Gallery or by calling 01652 660380.

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