Gig and Album Reviews


"Simply brilliant... one of the best nights ever... the audience simply didn't want them to stop..."

Jo Good, BBC Radio London

“One of my bands to watch  – great songs, great musicians, and their live shows are really, really good fun.”

DJ Johnnie Walker

 “Police Dog Hogan were good – actually, they were excellent.”
The Sunday Times

“An idiosyncratic bunch that pulls pop, Cajun, country and just about anything else into a hotchpotch of 110% entertainment.”


“A great set…”
Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones at Bush Hall, London

‘I’m one of their biggest fans.’

The legendary Neil Innes

 “The most literate non-literary band on the circuit.”
Port Eliot Festival

“The wonderful Police Dog Hogan are a great band that are doing the festival rounds at Cornbury they set about giving the crowd a performance to remember. Make sure you check them out.”

Andy Jamieson, Festivals for All

“Okay, so let’s get one thing straight: From the Land of Miracles rocks. It really is quite brilliant.”

Sarah Creber, Shire Folk

 “Highlights included the London band Police Dog Hogan, whose individual style, with lyrics full of amusing extended metaphor, filled the venue and really got the audience going.”

BBC Suffolk


" 'Our Lady Of The Snows' is one of the most bleak yet effective songs you’ll hear in many a year. If Leonard Cohen had written it they’d be knocking the word ‘genius’ around.  Could one of the albums of the year be with us so early? Looks that way."


"The sheer range and energy of Police Dog Hogan's work demands repeated listening - whether at the band's hugely popular festival appearances or on this delightful album."

“…the songs are varied, consistently well-played and sung and the rhythm section thinks on its feet to enhance the songs.”


“…an intelligence and maturity behind the songs here…bold infectious and affecting”
R2 Magazine

"Why Police Dog Hogan aren’t talked about as much as their more twee, more annoying, more traditional British folk brethren Bellowhead is difficult to fathom. Westward Ho! is great - a true love story to the British south west and full of hugely enjoyable and fun folk rock tunes. The towns of Cornwall and Devon get an especially loving focus on ‘West Country Boy’, and any track that names checks Foy, Melksham and Redruth deserves kudos (“Then the drummer disappeared / Came back in Redruth / Said he’d pulled a girl in Mere”). The band's large number (there are eight of them) is put to good use with a variety of trumpet and fiddle sections that channel the E Street Band on ‘From The Land Of Miracles’ and ‘A Man Needs A Shed’ among others. The record is driven on by James Studholme’s vocals which take charge and dominate throughout, but they’re a band where the parts make the whole; a very British band with a wonderfully British heart."
digital fix

“Wit, passion, eccentricity and unrelenting excellence… a lyrical postcard to the world...
Police Dog Hogan now has a complete album to parade alongside their previous memorable songs and stirring live shows”.
Three Chords and the Truth UK

“Buoyancy and verve… delivered with conviction and played with impeccable prowess… fantastic song-writing and top musicians.”
Folk Radio UK

“...terrific lyrics...”
Bob Harris

“Even better and easier on the ear than their previous offering, 'Land of Miracles'.
...I can’t stop myself singing along… an album that will appeal to fans of all ages and genres.”
No Depression

“Never too serious but serious fun…
...conjures up thoughts that this was what Loudon Wainwright might be writing about if he lived in a semi detached in suburbia.”
Blabber 'n' Smoke

"Infusing the intricacies of traditional folk music with an urban edge, and layering the whole thing with observational honesty."
Mentioned Reviews

" album which has benefited enormously from the producing skills of the Oysterband’s Al Scott and and a tie up with the increasingly influential label Union Music Store."
Three Chords and the Truth UK

“...full of wit and irony... the musicality of Police Dog Hogan is beyond question as the album delivers up some stunning harmonies and arrangements all tied together with sympathetic production”
Americana UK

"You might get the impression that I rather like this album and you’d be right. It’s one I could happily keep on repeat and they come by very rarely."