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.


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

Hooson Guitars

Just a little note of thanks to Leigh over at Hooson Guitars. The work carried out on my D18V was nothing short of superb! Lots…
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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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Bluegrass at Mama Liz’s

Looking forward to our second visit to Mama Liz’s over at Stamford. This is a real fun place to play, great food and lovely people.…
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Great fun at the NWBF with this tune,  Orange Blossom Special       More Video’s Here.

Festivals 2019

Bluegrass festival season is now over for another year. Sadly, 2019 has seen the end of some of the UK’s best loved festivals, so for 2020 it looks like the UK festival calendar will have a very different look.

Dates for 2020 are coming in and we will update the 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