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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February 19, 2016 in Update

Some great reaction to the new album coming in…

Some plays on BCFM Radio recently, and a very nice review of the new album ‘Ticket to Somewhere’ by Dave Franklin on the Dancing About Architecture music blog:

“Folk music is too broad a term to have much meaning, roots is even more vague and don’t even get me started on world music as a genre. But somehow the idea suggested by all of those terms seems to fit Billy in the Lowground’s music. It is honest music, is born of lack of pretension, of the common man, unencumbered by unnecessary fashion fads or bandwagoning musical traits, it is the music of the great outdoors, of small corners of a green and pleasant land, the sound track to a pint and a pub backroom. But if you think I am implying that there is something simple or easy about their music then you are missing my point.

Driven through an often complex but always complementary inter-twining of banjo and violin with guitars over a sparing but effective rhythm section, they manage to create songs that join dots between West Country folk sessions, Appalachian dance bands and Dublin pub jams. And as the style meanders one way or the other the Lowground sound emerges, never quite one or the other, tipping a hat to all but wearing it at their own rakish angle, slightly battered and probably with a pheasant feather and a Cropredy ticket stub in the hat band.

Their commercial bankability shows up on songs such as “Ain’t My World Big Enough For You” which could have been penned by the illustrious Nick Lowe had he quit the Thames Estuary for its rural headwaters. But Ticket To Somewhere is more the soundtrack of hell raising festival folk tunes, to back room bawling and bar room brawling, of escaping to brighter futures, the familiarity of the world you know or just a damned good night out. If Nashville were in Somerset, Billy In The Lowground would be one of it’s leading lights. So lets raise a glass of cider (with a bourbon chaser for good measure) to the Nashtonbury scene, it may only contain one band, but it’s a start, right?”

Thank you kindly!

January 8, 2016 in Update

Happy New Year! You wait ages for a train…

…and then a load all come at once! Four large boxes of ’em in fact – the new album, ‘Ticket to Somewhere’ is finally here!

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Featuring 13 of our newest songs (and one very old one!), it was recorded and mixed by the very wonderful Luke Cawthra at Alma Vale Studio in Bristol, mastered by Maurice Dickson at Mo Music over in Belfast, and comes in a very smart digipack with fully printed disc.

Here’s the back cover with track listing:

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We’re put out at a rough count 6 or 7 cassette tapes and CDs over the years if memory serves, but this is undoubtedly the one we’re most proud of.

It’ll be on sale at gigs of course, but if you can’t wait till the next time you see us to get your hands on it, it’s now available from our Bandcamp page for just £8 + P&P (includes a free Digital Download)
If you’re one of those modern types who no longer possess a CD player, fear not – you can also get it as a high-quality Digital Download in a variety of formats for just £6.50

Enjoy!

November 4, 2015 in Update

2015 is drawing to a close…

…and it’s been another great year for the band, with plenty of memorable gigs and festivals, including our headline slot at Foxstock back in August.
Here’s a collection of some of our favourite live photos from the Festival season – looking forward to doing it all over again in 2016!

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Pictures are all very well, you may say, but what about the music..?

The latest album, recorded at Alma Vale Studio in Bristol, engineered and mixed by Luke Cawthra, has been Mastered by Maurice Dickson over in Belfast, and is ready to roll – it’s fourteen tracks, just under an hours worth, and we’re all really pleased with it – just got to decide on what to call it, and what to put on the cover, and it’ll be ready; expect an announcement very soon!

Meantime, we’re looking for gigs for 2016, so if you’d like us to play anywhere, get in touch via Facebook or the Contact page…

August 9, 2015 in Update

Some great festival gigs this year…

…and more to come! Farmfest, Festival on the Farm and Firsdown Festival were all cracking gigs, and our next one is a headlining slot at Foxstock – we seem to be mostly doing festivals beginning with F this year, strangely… apart from the Upton Cheyney Chilli Festival still to come in September of course!

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More gigs are still coming in for the rest of the year, so keep an eye on the Giglist and on Facebook – and our new album is currently being mastered in Belfast, we’re hoping to get it out there in about a month – watch this space!

May 28, 2015 in Update

Potential festival confusion ahead!

farmfest2015Excellent news on the Festival front, as we are now confirmed for the 10th anniversary of Farmfest in Bruton, possibly the hottest ticket in these parts, in fact if you want one better get your skates on as there aren’t many left!
As before we’ll be on The Sett stage, sometime on the Saturday night – keep an eye on Facebook and the giglist for updates.

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The potential for confusion arises that weekend as on the Sunday we’ll be playing at Festival on the Farm in Purton, a family-friendly 3 dayer on an organic farm – again, times to be confirmed… all we need to do now is make sure all six of us get to the right farm on the right day…