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Sound the siren for Police Dog Hogan

By West Briton  |  Posted: November 14, 2013

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POLICE Dog Hogan are a high-energy seven-piece (including fiddle, banjo, mandolin, drums and guitars) that fuse country-folk to a pop sensibility.

The band is rapidly building a following through joyous, foot-stomping live performances, having received rapturous receptions at festivals including Cornbury, Larmer Tree, Camp Bestival and Kendal Calling, and in sell-out shows in London venues such as Bush Hall, The Troubadour and The 100 Club.

Eliot James coaxes a sharp, electric and contemporary edge from the band's folk, country and bluegrass-influenced line-up, adding some spectacular harmonies and marshalling the band's wide-ranging musical passions and influences.

The songs of writers James Studholme and Pete Robinson range from the reflective to the flat-out foot-stomping, interleaved with flashes of rockabilly, blues and Americana. Tim Dowling's banjo is a constant, surprisingly delicate presence, often mixed with mandolin to produce compelling soundscapes, not least in the "trancegrass" of Black Crow or the simple beauty of Jennifer, a gloriously sunny love song.

Distant bluegrass echoes – with a very English twist – also appear in the fiddle-playing of Eddie Bishop.

Everything is welded together by the inventive rhythmic backing of bassist Adam Bennette and Michael Giri, former drummer with The Lilac Time.

They are playing Calstock Hall on Saturday, November 23. See www.crbo.co.uk for ticket details and times.

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