Canadian “jazz from the saddle”

Some of Canada’s finest folk/jazz musicians will bring their tour of England to rural Lancashire in April.

Woody Holler and his Orchestra will travel to Mellor Brook Community Centre on Sunday 17 April at 7.30pm followed by a performance at Scorton Village Hall at 7.30pm on Saturday 23 April.

Tickets for the shows are available directly from the venues and can be booked by calling  07791 558554 for Mellor Brook or 07714 486581 for the Scorton show.

Woody Holler and his Orchestra are purveyors of “western swing” music. Holler grew up hearing the songs of the cowboy. Although he was later trained in opera, a sense of nostalgia held him close to the early western genre.  The band comprises Holler on vocals and guitar alongside Greg Lowe on guitar, Daniel Koulack on bass and Richard Moody on violin.

The repertoire is eclectic, fun and fascinating, featuring finger-snapping swing beats, honey-slowed love croons and show stopping “extreme” yodelling.

Consisting of some of Canada’s finest folk/jazz musicians, Holler’s orchestra creates a style that he defines as “jazz from the saddle”, a phrase which the band used as the title for their second album in 2014. Their debut record “Western Skies” was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award back in 2010.

The shows form part of Spot On Lancashire’s spring season of touring that programmes professional arts events in rural venues and libraries across the county.

Speaking ahead of the Lancashire shows, Spot On’s Sue Robinson said:

“We’re delighted to welcome Woody Holler and his orchestra to Lancashire as the latest in a long line of Canadian artists that we’ve brought to the county over the last few years. It’s a wonderful one-off opportunity to witness an international band at the top of their game and it promises to be a fantastic night out.”