January 11, 2017 in Update

New year, new banjoplayer!

Happy 2017 folks – and as John Lennon nearly said, let’s hope it’s a good one, with plenty of beer!

Good news for the New Year is that the banjo vacancy has been filled, and 5-string duties are now in the capable hands of Mark Styles, so we’re back up to full fighting strength once more. Mark has already learnt all the songs on the latest album, so only another hour or so’s worth of material to familiarise himself with and he’ll be ready to unleash on an unsuspecting public at our first gig of the year at the end of February…

(We’d kept January free in case the call came to play Trump’s Inauguration Ball, but the call never came… guess we rehearsed those covers of ‘American Idiot’, ‘End of the World as we Know it’ and ‘Highway to Hell’ for nothing, then…)

Here’s Mark looking very dapper and smart – we’ll soon change that..!

In other news the eagle-eyed amongst you may have noticed the disappearance of the link to Last.fm over on the right of the site – we’ve long had a whole load of older recordings up there, available for streaming or as free MP3 downloads, but the site now seems to have removed the option for downloading tracks altogether, and instead is offering them for sale through Amazon etc.
This won’t work, as we haven’t given them to Amazon!
(God knows what Last.fm is doing, they seem to be going through some changes, but if it doesn’t sort itself out soon we’ll take the tracks off there and put them up on another free download site…)

November 30, 2016 in Update

calling all banjoplayers!

Sadly it seems we have to say goodbye to Johnny Gould, our banjoplayer for the last couple of years.
He’s been struggling with other commitments for a while now and is having to spend a lot of his time in Denmark for the foreseeable future, which makes rehearsing and gigging well-nigh impossible, so he’s regretfully decided to call it a day. Thanks for all the hard work you’ve put in, Johnny, at all the gigs and of course on the last album – you’ll be missed, not only on the banjo but in the vocals department as well!

So… we need a new banjoist, pronto! Ideally, we’re looking for a 5-string player, and it would really help if you can sing as well. If that sounds like you, or you know of someone who might be interested and you think would fit in, please put us in touch!
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November 10, 2016 in Update

First festival announced for 2017!

On a particularly dark and dismal day in November, it’s great to have some good news at last – we’ll be appearing on the Woodland Stage on Sunday 28th May at Bearded Theory at Catton Hall in South Derbyshire! The full lineup is still being announced, but Reverend and the Makers are headlining that stage on Sunday, and other confirmed acts include Wheatus and Pronghorn – it’s a 4 day multi-stage festival with a tremendous reputation, and we’re exceedingly stoked about playing it – hope to see some of you there, but get in fast as tickets will sell out quickly!

Full details at http://www.beardedtheory.co.uk/ 

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November 9, 2016 in Update

sorry folks…

…for the recent gig cancellations – drummer DFP fell off a horse and dislocated his shoulder a few weeks ago, then just as he was recovering fell over and badly damaged his hands on tarmac. He’s on the mend, but at time of writing can’t pick up a drumstick let alone do any drumming.

We’ll reschedule the gigs at the Oxford in Totterdown and the Griffin in Frome as soon as we can, but it’ll be the New Year now, realistically.

Thanks for bearing with us – we should have some good news to share shortly – watch this space…

 

September 7, 2016 in Update

Looks like summer’s over…

…as the Giglist is empty again! Never mind, we’ll see if we can get a few more dates in there before too long – don’t forget to let us know via Facebook or the Contact page if there’s anywhere you’d like the band to play, or just to get in touch and say hello.

It’s been an eventful year so far, what with our album ‘Ticket to Somewhere’ coming out and being so well received, our inclusion on the ‘Rock and Reel’ CD, and some memorable gigs, especially Landed Festival (Brrr, that was cold..!) and what looks very much like the last ever Village Pump Festival, sadly.

There are still CDs and downloads of the album available of course – just follow the Bandcamp link over to the right, there >>>

Here’s a slideshow of some of our favourite photos of the year (so far) – if you’ve got any more, please send them in!
Keep an eye on the Giglist, and see you soon…

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September 3, 2016 in Update

FESTIBELL!

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Our last festival of the year tonight, in Chris and Ruth’s home village of Broughton Gifford – a 2 day affair in aid of Dorothy House Hospice and Macmillan Cancer Support, so hope it goes well despite the rather dodgy weather at the moment…

Here’s a rather splendid picture by Terri Johnson of our appearance at Firsdown Festival a few weeks ago:

Firsdown Festival 2016, pic by Terri Johnson

Firsdown Festival 2016, pic by Terri Johnson

July 14, 2016 in Update

Village Pump coming soon…

A great day and night at the Golden Lion‘s Backyard Bash the other week, which also produced some mighty fine moody monochrome photos courtesy of John Morgan – there’s some of them in the slider at the top of the screen – nice work, John!

Cliveyfest was also excellent last week, with the great sound that we’ve come to expect from Panik Events, thanks guys.

Coming up next, The Village Pump! We’re in our usual midnight slot on the Hall stage, so it promises to be quite a night…

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June 13, 2016 in Update

BACKYARD BASH, (and 2 cancellations)

 

The plug has been pulled on our next scheduled festival spot, unfortunately – Summer Breeze was cancelled by the organisers this week due to lower than expected ticket sales – a real shame, as it was a great little event last time we played it, hope it gets back on it’s feet for next year. Anyone who bought tickets should have had their money refunded by now.

Also just heard (15/6/16) that Rickfest, which we were due to play in October, has been cancelled due to sponsorship problems.

Our sympathies to the organisers of both events, as they were charity benefits, and obviously the charities involved will miss out…

On a brighter note, we’re very much looking forward to the Backyard Bash at the Golden Lion in Bristol this weekend – there’ll be bands outside in the street until 8, and we’ll be on inside sometime after that – hope to see a good load of Bristol folks there!

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May 9, 2016 in Update

We’re on Rock & Reel magazine’s Un-Herd CD..!

We’re very pleased to announce that the track “You’re no Criminal” from the latest album “Ticket to Somewhere” has been included on the Un-Herd CD which comes free with the May/June issue of Rock & Reel Magazine – available from all good newsagents (WH Smiths, anyway) for only £4.95!
A rather nice review too, reprinted below…

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“So what the hell is Roots Rock anyway? A bit of Folk, a pinch of Punk attitude and a Country arrangement? Maybe some Celtic fiddle and acoustic instrumentation? Or is it something difficult to break down to its constituent parts that you only know when you hear it?
Well, listening to ‘Ticket to Somewhere’ I know I am listening to some quality Roots music. There are echoes of the Waterboys and Oysterband, but all rooted in a defiantly West Country sound.
What makes Billy in the Lowground more accomplished than many other Folk-Rock bands is the quality of the songwriting, the exuberance of the arrangements and the skill and enthusiasm of the playing.
Ruth Behan’s fiddle has a defiantly Irish sound that roots the rest of the band and underpins the Country feel to many of Chris Hibberd’s songs. This is Nashville relocated to the wilds of Somerset and performed with Joe Strummer’s heart and soul.
Don’t get me wrong, Billy in the Lowground are not the future of roots rock. But they are a great band with great songs.
Maybe it will always be more fun being in the band, but the listening comes close second.”

– Peter Tomkins, Rock & Reel magazine

April 29, 2016 in Update

Festival season has started!

Some great gigs already this year, especially Mr Wolfs in Bristol, but now the weather is (supposedly) warming up, it’s Festival time again..!
We’re particularly chuffed to be at this year’s Village Pump Festival in July – we’ll be playing sometime on the Saturday, more info nearer the time – still tickets left, here’s the lineup so far:

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Before that though, we’re at Landed Festival in Powys on the weekend of Beltane – Friday night on the main stage, and we’re pleased to be a six-piece for this one, as our banjoplayer Johnny is making a guest appearance! We’ve got a nice little clutch of Beer Festivals later in the year, plus the Firsdown Festival and others to be confirmed… watch this space, follow us on Facebook and see you somewhere in a field this summer!

Plenty more indoors-type gigs coming in as well, including quite a few Bristol ones, so keep an eye on the Giglist!

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