It’s always difficult to categorise a band that plays their own original material. Billy in the Lowground are often shoe-horned into the pigeonhole marked ‘Folk Rock’, mainly because they’re loud and there’s a distinct Irish influence courtesy of fiddle player Ruth Behan, but the sound is continuously evolving, incorporating elements of Country, Rock, and yes, Folk. The many line-up changes over the years have actually strengthened the band, as every new member brings something new into the mix.
Comparisons have often been made with the Waterboys and the Levellers, but there’s a distinctive tone to the band that’s all their own.

The one thing they definitely don’t play is cover versions:

“We don’t play covers, on the basis that nobody else plays our stuff… so why should we play theirs ..?”

The band have played hundreds of gigs in pubs, clubs, and venues large and small all over the UK  since they formed in 1991, as well as festivals such as Glastonbury, Ashton CourtVillage Pump, Bath festival, Summer Breeze, Pontardawe International Folk, Larmer Tree, Off the Tracks, Lechlade, Landed and Farm Festival.
They’ve also supported many well-known acts including John Otway, Shane McGowan & the Popes, Rock Salt & Nails, The Men They Couldn’t Hang, Norma Waterson & Martin Carthy, Oysterband, Rory McCleod, the Wurzels, Chas & Dave and Fairport Convention.

Billy in the Lowground at Farm Fest 2011 – pic by Martin Armand.