Police Dog Hogan are a high-energy and eclectic seven-piece, combining fiddle, banjo, mandolin, drums and guitars with knockout four-part harmonies in an exuberant fusing of country, pop, folk, and rocking urban bluegrass.
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. Founded in 2009, the band is now gigging in earnest, buoyed by a rapturous reception at festivals last summer, with appearances at Cornbury, Camp Bestival, Larmer Tree and Kendal Calling, among others, in 2012.
Police Dog Hogan are:
James Studholme: lead vocals, guitar
Pete Robinson: vocals, lead guitar, dobro
Eddie Bishop: violin, vocals
Tim Dowling: banjo, vocals
Tim Jepson: mandolin, vocals
Adam Bennette: bass
Regular onstage guests include Bill Amberg on the jaws harp and once (memorably) Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall on tambourine.