Meet the Band

Hello, Welcome to our website.

About the Band.
First formed in 1964, the Down County Boys are the UK’s longest established Bluegrass Band.

During that time there have been a total of thirty one musicians pass through the ranks, some staying for a long time and some, for just a short while.

The longest reigning member, and captain of the “good ship DCB” being Peter Parker.

Pete joined the band in 1969 and is still the leader of the Down County Boys to this day.  That is some achievement by anyone’s standards and I believe that we owe the success and the longevity of the band to the unswerving dedication, relentless hard work, and passion of one man, my good friend,  Peter Parker.”                                              

Mick Cooper.

Peter Parker.     Fiddle/Viola/Vocals

Chris Cooper.    Banjo/Guitar/Vocals

Ray Duffy.          Guitar/Mandolin/Vocals

Mick Cooper.     Upright Bass/Guitar/Vocals 

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Cherokee Shuffle.     This track was recorded at the home of the late Mr. Ken Harris, founder member of the DCB’s.  With Mr. Dan Norton playing Mandolin.



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Dan and Jacey’s Wedding day! Wonderful day, Lovely people, great friends, fabulous weather and above all great…

Posted by The Down County Boys on Friday, 1 March 2019

Oundle Fringe Festival

So pleased to be asked back to the Oundle Fringe Festival. Fringe week sees Oundle thronged with entertainers of all genres’ in the town’s pubs,…
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South Essex Bluegrass Festival

Really looking forward to our return visit to SEBF.  Thanks so much for the invite Richard. When:   11th – 14th July.  2019 Where:   Bulphan Village…
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Great fun at the NWBF with this tune,  Orange Blossom Special       More Video’s Here.

Festivals 2019

Bluegrass festival season will soon be upon us again and we just can’t wait! Looking forward to meeting up with old friends and indeed to make new acquaintances and listen to some of the up and coming bands who are so good now days.  Dates for 2019 are coming in and we have updated listings here. Look out for new posts telling you about shows we will be playing over the winter months, and if you do get along to any of the gig’s, don’t forget to come and say hello!  🙂      Also, catch up with us on our facebook page.   

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For a complete calendar of UK Bluegrass Festivals/Events please check the the BBMA Events page