The Woolgatherers were first formed in 2009 when several musicians from a variety of bands playing in the Scarborough and York area got together to record some original songs written by singer-songwriter Phil Hooley. Later that year they released their first album, entitled “Long Way To Indigo” recorded and produced by Simon Wright at the Imphut Studios in York. The album was released in 2009 received impressive reviews from Sam Inglis in Sound On Sound, and also in The Link magazine.
The second album “ I See”, recorded by Sam Forrest (from Nine Black Alps
and The Sorry Kisses) and produced by Dave Keegan, was released in July
2013. Three songs from these two albums, Desperate To Dance, One More,
and The Till have been played on BBC Radio Introducing.
After several changes to the line up, the band are now in rehearsals with new members. Roy Piper, a familiar face to all fans of Hamps Tramps, has joined on bass guitar, along with drummer Dave Elvidge, who has played every music style from big band to rockabilly, and Mike Womack on guitar. Country music enthusiasts may remember Mike’s Knopfleresque guitar playing with the ever popular Country Sunshine. Survivors of the original line up, Phil Hooley and Richard Thwaites, complete the line up, while former members Dave Kemp, the Rattlin Sheiks and Pete Everett often make guest appearances. A recent recruit has been the hugely talented Will Oseland on keyboards.
While currently writing new material, the band are also reworking some of
their old songs, and include their own interpretation of some classic country covers in their live set. The new line up went down a storm at Staxtonbury, and they have already been booked for a further appearance on the main stage in 2019. The Woolgatherers have also appeared at various country shows and at the annual CAMRA festivals in 2016, 2017 and 2019. Last year Phil played The Club Tent at Cambridge Folk Festival and in November 2018 Phil supported Chris Difford as part of his solo tour, and will be appearing at The Black Deer Festival in June 2019. Tracks “The Key” and “I Still Think Of You Sometimes” from the so far unreleased new album have already had airplay on BBC Introducing.
The Music Best described as in the genre of Americana, The Woolgatherers music is a mix of indie country, folk and swing, driven by guitars. fiddle and mandolin, with the odd touch of wild saxophone. The Woolgatherers music is available as a download from a variety of reputable sources such as CD Baby and Bandcamp. It can also be heard on Spotify, Soundcloud and several internet and digital radio stations. CDs are also usually available at Woolgatherers gigs or by contacting Phil.
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