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Meet 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
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.
Mr. Alan Pearce.
It is with profound sadness and heavy hearts that we share with you the sad news of the passing of a dear friend and fellow musician, Mr. Alan Pearce.
Alan passed away in Coalville hospital on the morning of Thursday 17th March.
Our thoughts are with his wife Brenda, son John and indeed all of the family at this very difficult time.
Alan was a regular at all of the UK Bluegrass festivals and over the years, we have all had the pleasure of sharing the stage with him as he played some of the most authentic ‘Scruggs style’ Banjo picking to be found on these shores!
Alan was a real character and will be sadly missed by all, not only on the Bluegrass scene, but by anyone who made his acquaintance along the way!
Please – STAY AT HOME!
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.
Indeed, the 2020 calendar looks far different than any of us could possibly have imagined. As far as we are aware, all of the UK festivals dates are now cancelled until restrictions are lifted. To look on the positive side, we all have time to practice our chosen instruments at home, and thanks to the various video/conference platforms that are now available, we can even work with others. (Can’t wait to hear how well rehearsed we’ll all be for the 2023 season eh!)
Please, please stay at home and help our wonderful NHS and all of the other key workers to get us through this awful time. Stay Safe!
Please – STAY AT HOME!
For a complete calendar of UK Bluegrass Festivals/Events please check the the BBMA Events page