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.



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 song,  Polka on a Banjo.        More Video’s Here.

Festivals 2018

Bluegrass festival season for 2018 is now over for us. We had a great time and it was  good to meet up with so many old friends and indeed to make new acquaintances and listen to some of the up and coming bands, whom, we’re sure we will see much more of next season.   Dates for 2019 are coming in and we will update listings here on the website soon.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