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Hoedown Band

Hoedown Band

Hoedown Band is one of the busiest Country/ Hoedown / Barn and Line Dance bands in Southern England.

Based just north of London, they regularly perform at Weddings, Birthday Parties, Corporate Events, Conferences, Product Launches, University Balls, Charity events, Festivals, Public Dances. They are one of the few bands in the country that can supply a full Country Hoedown and Line Dance Experience. They play a range of Classic Country Rock Country, New Country Songs, Instrumentals as well as playing Hoedown / Barn Dance, Country Style Line Dances.

Hoedown Band has many years experience in providing music for a wide range of corporate and private functions and will help ensure that your client’s special event runs smoothly and that everyone has a good time. As well as playing all over the UK, they have toured Spain’s Costa Blanca and even performed at the Fairbridge Festival in Western Australia. Corporate clients have included Molly Maid, Birdseye, Vet’s Now, Herbalife, Sega and various military bases.

The song set covers a wide range of material from classics like Jambalaya and Folsom Prison Blues, through the country rock from bands like the Eagles to new country from the likes of the Dixie Chicks, Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood.

If dancing is more your cup of coffee, then they do a mix of traditional Hoedown material, common American dances and line dance as requested. They cover all the main bases of square and traditional American Dances such as the Virginia Reel and can add in line dances and mix in country songs suitable for free form dancing. Hoedown find that their approach to calling and the mix of dances is ideal for audiences who may be not be familiar with hoedown or line dancing or indeed any kind of dancing at all. They have been successfully playing at American themed events, country music clubs and to American ex-pats for a number of years and have often had return bookings so we guess they must be doing something right.

Dawn Webb (vocals): This vivacious lead vocalist can really bring out the ‘heart & soul’ of the music. As well as being a vocalist in several bands, Dawn has travelled extensively throughout the UK with musical theatre shows, performed in Old Time Music Hall, street theatre, pantomime, fringe theatre plays and has run her own theatre company both writing and directing shows.

Brian Heywood (electric guitar/vocals): Originally hailing from Australia, Brian cut his musical teeth playing with the top Sydney band Bluetongue. Since arriving in England he has played in a number of rock and folk/rock outfits such as The Cluster of Nuts Band as well as in more mainstream rock and blues bands. Brian has appeared at many music festivals around the UK as well as releasing a number of recordings.

Siân Phillips (fiddle/backing vocals): Siân is a fifth generation fiddle player with roots back to the chapel fiddlers of the Swansea Valleys. Her professional career has seen her perform at festivals, concerts, workshops and seminars throughout the UK, Europe and the USA. She has played with The Constitution Hillbillies, Heather Jones, Meic Stevens, Wild Welsh Women. She currently plays with the Wild Green and Celtish as well as MoonDance.

Chris Mottram-Wooster (bass guitar): Chris is an experienced player in jazz, blues, rock, pop, Latin and country bands. As well as running open jazz jam sessions at Woburn she is a wood turner and exhibits in galleries around the country.

Mike Vishnic (kit drums): Mike is originally from East London and brings an incredible level of energy to the band as well as a great deal of percussive showmanship.

Meet the Caller – Liz Scholey: Both a qualified dance instructor and dancer Liz brings her proven skills of introducing people at all levels of skill and ability to the world of dance. A performer and producer in her own right she has performed all over the world in dance troupes and directed her own touring group – the Pink Cadillacs.

Testimonials: “A really good time was had by all! Thank you for all of your hard work and patience in explaining the dances – I feel that people enjoy it most when they know what to do… and the band were brilliant. We had a lot of aching legs the next day (me included!) however the feedback that we got back was brilliant and many claimed it was our best ‘surprise’ yet.” – Carol Bader (Molly Maid Franchise Support)

“Just a short note to reiterate my heartfelt thanks for a superb evening last night. I knew I was engaging one of the best bands around but you all surpassed yourselves last night.

The idea of an evening of traditional dancing had been met with some resistance but I persevered and with your help the result was one of the most successful events the 1853 Association has held. There are a lot of aching legs and faces this morning and it is all your fault !!!” – Mandy Wright, (1853 Association, Royal Russell School, Croydon)

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank yourself & the band for the fantastic entertainment at our wedding reception on 1 August.

Everyone had a really great time & it was wonderful seeing all of our family & friends up & dancing. The caller that we had on the evening was absolutely fantastic (especially during the last dance when she jumped in to make up the numbers). A number of our party had never been to a dance of this kind before & because of her were old hands at it by the end of the night & others who have held dances themselves kept telling me how good they felt you were.” – Sarah Bennett (the bride).

You can watch Turkey In The Straw  on our YouTube channel.

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