The Often Herd
Touring: April 2024 + Summer Festivals 2024
Bluegrass band The Often Herd transcend the traditional boundaries of the genre. Although they might resemble an American string band, complete with driving energy, tight vocal harmonies and dazzling instrumental interplay, their vibrant, transatlantic sound is deeply coloured by their surroundings; the striking natural and industrial landscapes of Northern England. This unique approach won them the title of “Best European Bluegrass Band 2018” at the prestigious La Roche Bluegrass Festival in France. Rupert Hughes (guitar) and Evan Davies (mandolin), write songs steeped in personal experience whilst drawing from a wide pool of influences ranging from old-time to psychedelia. American-born fiddler Niles Krieger and jazz bassist Sam Quintana add fiery instrumental skills to the mix, launching the band’s arrangements into the stratosphere. Together, their sound is both boldly contemporary and soothingly familiar, taking time-honoured traditions to new places with a fresh perspective. Flock to the herd, you won’t be disappointed.
The band are currently enjoying a jam packed Summer of festivals including The Long Road, Folk By The Oak, Underneath The Stars, Priddy, Ely, Broadstairs, Purbeck, Crossover, Didmarton Bluegrass, Filey Americana, The Magpies Festival, Ripon International Festival, The British Country Music Festival and more! They have also previously performed at The Cambridge Folk Festival, UK Americana Week, Trafaria International Bluegrass Festival, Moseley Folk Festival and the IBMA Bluegrass Ramble. Their debut album ‘Where The Big Lamp Lamp Shines’ was released in June 2022, recorded with producer Tom Moore (Slow Worm Records, Moore Moss Rutter)
“Traditional, inventive, tight and sharp… for those who think they don’t like bluegrass this could be the point they change their minds.” Tom Franks, FolkWords
“A study in virtuosity from a supremely talented group of musicians.” Claire Dupree, NARC
“It’s fabulous, really exciting to listen to. Tight, virtuosic and the kind of thing you just know would be even better live!” Sam Sweeney – Bellowhead/Leveret