Originally a trio, Police Dog Hogan were formed in 2009 and have since developed into a high-energy and eclectic eight-piece band.
Led by their main singer/songwriter James Studholme, they combine fiddle, banjo, mandolin, accordion, brass, drums and guitars with knockout four-part harmonies in an exuberant fusing of country, pop, folk, and rocking bluegrass. They are, in fact, as hard to categorise as they are easy on the ear. Their literate and superbly crafted songs veer from the wistful and poetic to flat-out, foot-stomping tales of doomed barbecues, French mustard and falling in love on a Tennessee highway.
James says, 'Our aim is always to have a great time playing and singing - and for our audience to enjoy each show as much as we do.'
It's a grown-up band who clearly relish making the most of their increasing success in a world of much younger acts. 'The combined age of One Direction still isn't as much as just our bass player and drummer' laughs James, 'but we promise a belter of an evening just the same. There's lots of life in us yet!'
The Sunday Times has described them as “wonderful”; the Telegraph named them one of its ‘favourite new bands”; Radio 2 called them “a band to watch” and veteran DJ Johnnie Walker praises their gigs as "a really good, fun time”.
The band has toured the UK extensively, playing at clubs, pubs, theatres and summer festivals, including playing the Avalon stage at Glastonbury in 2016.
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