The Hoedown Band
Country Hoedown Fun!
The Hoedown Band is one of the few outfits around that can supply live music for a full country hoedown and line dance experience. They have many years experience in providing music for a wide range of corporate and private functions.
So grab your Stetson, polish those rhinestones, and come on down for just the best party ever. The band offers a unique combination of rocky traditional and country style music to get your feet tapping along with line and barn dances to get everyone involved in the fun.
The Hoedown Band
The band plays a range of classic country rock, country and new country songs. The song set covers classic songs like Jambalaya (Hank Williams) and Folsom Prison Blues (Johnny Cash), through the country rock of bands like The Eagles to new country from The Dixie Chicks, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood and many more. The band specialise in up-beat country music that appeals to a wider audience, with many sing-a-long favourites in their set list.
Lead singer Dawn also has a repertoire of line and barn dances which are ideal for audiences who've never had the opportunity to take part in this highly enjoyable form of social dance. Dawn's bubbly personality and her technique of demonstrating the dances from the dance floor means that everyone wants to get involved in the fun.
The most popular line up is a compact and economical four piece band including:
- Female Vocalist / Caller
- Guitarist / Vocalist
- Bass Guitar
The band can also add any combination of fiddle, banjo and specialist caller.
Larger line-ups are available on request.
- These Boots Are Made For Walking
- Waggon Wheel
- I Wish It Would Rain
- Bad Moon Rising
- There’s Your Trouble
- My Oh My
- Wide Open Spaces
- Long Time Gone
- Before He Cheats
- Merc - Me & Bobby McGee
- Take it Easy
- Redneck Woman
- Somebody Like You
- Country Roads
- 9 to 5
- Country Honky Tonk Women
- Sweet Home Alabama
- Folsom Prison Blues
- Achy Breaky Heart
- Coming into Los Angles
with more songs being added all the time...
Dawn and the band were a pleasure to work with. They were so professional and made me feel like I could trust them to deliver the event successfully int he run up to the event and they certainly did not let me down! The feedback from the clients were very complimentary for the band also! Thanks to all involved!
Dawn and the guys were great - so friendly and easy going and all went well.
Incredible. You guys worked so hard. Just awesome.
- East Barnet Community Festival
- Earl Spencer (Althorp House)
- Duke of Bedford (Woburn Abbey)
- Green King Pub Co.
- Park, Haven and Harts Holiday Resorts
- Snowdrop Trust / Blues on the Farm
- Dunstable Country Music Festival
- Beaver Lodge - Mountain Cabin & Dance Saloon
- Lee on the Solent Cumminty Association
- Coworth Park Hotel (Ascot)
- Lloyds Bank (Bristol)
- Waitrose Ltd
- Forest Prep School
- Grand Bursting Hotel (Folkstone)
- PricewaterhouseCoopers Accountants
- Nationwide Building Society
- Nightinggale Cancer Support
- Enfield Young Farmers
- Old Gaffers' Festival (Isle of Wight)
- Herbalife UK
- Nightingale Cancer Support
- Enfield Young Farmers
- Old Gaffers' Festival (Isle of Wight)
- Johnathon Seaward Organisation
- Invicta Park Barracks (Officer's Mess)
- Kettering Beer Festival
- Gray-Dawes Travel & Expense Management
- NHS Services Management
- Sara's Hope Foundation
- Europe Arab Bank plc
- Carbon Trust
- The Sands (Gainsborough)
- Regent Leisure Park, Morecombe
- Molly Maid (Francise Support)
- British American Tobacco
- O2 (HR)
- Burnham Beeches Hotel
- Birds Eye Iglo Ltd
- Garrison Officers' Mess, Aldershot
- Avon Cosmetics (Francise support)
- Honourable Artillery Club (London)
- UEA School of Medicine
- Radley College, Oxford
- University of Surrey (Freshers' Event)
- Harting Ltd
- Abingdon United RFC
- Central Bedfordshire Council
- Hitec Laboritories Ltd
- Calcot Manor Hotel
Plus, many weddings and parties...
What is Country Music?
It's America's most famous musical export. Rooted in the folk music of the European immigrants it is a vital hyrid of styles of the cultural melting pot of the Southern and Western States mixed with Latin and African styles. Often misunderstood and put down as simple and homespun, dealing with shattered love affairs and faithfull dawgs. But it has far more to offer than that, which is why superstars such as Garth Brooks, Shania Twain other country singers are some of the biggest recording stars of all time.
What is a Hoedown?
A Hoedown is an American Barn Dance, often with a 'Wild West' Theme and is an ideal way to get the party going with a caller telling the audience what they need to do. The whole shebang started out in rural or southeastern parts of the country, particularly Appalachia when at the end of the working day the agricultural workers would literally put down their hoes, pick up a fiddle and have a gool ole' hootenanny to relax and let off steam.
What is Line Dance?
Line Dancing is great fun and the dancers don't need partners, which is something you find in Barn Dance / Hoedown events. A line dance is just a repeated sequence of steps in which a group of people dance in one or more lines or rows without regard for the gender of the individuals, all facing the same direction, and executing the steps at the same time. Line dancers are not in physical contact with each other. Older "line dances" have lines in which the dancers face each other, or the "line" is a circle, or all dancers in the "line" follow a leader around the dance floor; while holding the hand of the dancers beside them. Billy Ray Cyrus' 1992 hit "Achy Breaky Heart", helped catapult western line dancing into the mainstream public consciousness and today you'll Line Dance clubs all over the country.
What sort of events have Hoedown, Barn Dance or Line Dance Events?
Weddings, parties, anniversaries, festivals, corporate entertainment, fund-raising events and children's parties. No-one is excluded because the dances are demonstrated before the music starts, and are easy enough for everyone to do. No previous dance experience is required. The music is so accessible that everyone gets into it without feeling embarrassed or awkward. The dancing can be done to your own level, and for as long or short as you wish. If you specify exactly for whom your event is being held, we will select a caller who will be ideally suited to your audience. According to research from Brides Magazine, ceilidhs (or barn dances) are the second most popular form of wedding entertainment in the country.
What is the difference between a Ceilidh and a Barn Dance / Hoedown?
Essentially not very much. Both are traditional social dance forms, using a caller and music to generate an evening's dancing. The caller walks the audience through the dance, then, when the music starts, calls the figures the first few times through the tune, and lets everyone get on and enjoy it.
What do you need to stage a Barn Dance / Hoedown or Line Dance?
Not much, really. Events can take place anywhere there are dancers. They are normally indoors, though they have also been done in marquees, barns, and occasionally even something as seemingly unsuitable as a car park! No matter where it is, you must make sure you can provide the band a power supply consisting of at least one safe mains socket (13 Amp). Space to dance is also required which is level, relatively smooth and free from obstacles so the dancers don't trip over. The Hoedown Band is entirely 'self-contained' which means that we can provide our own PA (amplification) systems and lighting (if that is required). Just make sure your guests know what they are coming to so that they can select suitable footwear, and they are sure to have a great time.
Can you perform other kinds of music?
We can also perform a pop / rock covers set of rock and pop songsranging from the 60's through to the 90's.
Can you provide a Disco?
If you want to have some recorded music after the end of the ceilidh then, for a small extra charge, we can play a selection of your choice through our PA system. We can either connect your iPod to the mixer or use our CD/MP3 player. While we are not DJs, we can play an agreed playlist for you.
The most popular offering is the Hoedown Party, a mix of popular country songs mixed with line and barn dances guarranteed to get everyone involved in the fun. Singer, Dawn, has a repertoire of line and barn dances which are ideal for audiences who've never had the opportunity to take part in this highly enjoyable form of social dance. Dawn's bubbly personality and her technique of demonstrating the dances from the dance floor means that everyone wants to get involved in the fun.
The band will customise the format and duration of the performance to suit your event but tend to be asked for either two 90 minute sets or three 50 minute sets. They mix and match the concert material with the hoedown and line dancing to give a balanced programme of entertainment for you and your guests. The Hoedown Band can also play appropriate recorded music through the PA system during any breaks either from their library of country tracks or from an iPod supplied by you.
Please Note: The fees indicated below are approximate and based on a central location for each county. They are intended to provide a rough guide only and exact quotes can only be given once the date and exact location of your event have been provided.