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The Story So Far;."Ploughmen's Bunch" made their first live appearance at Nettleham Village Hall in January 98 where they played a short 20 minute set. After that the group found themselves in demand for barn dances and concerts. The group's own songwriting abilities came to the fore and "The Bunch" have fine tuned and developed a sound which encompasses a broad range of musical styles, be it country, folk, rock n' roll, pop and skiffle.
The group play a range of events and venues and there are now annual appearances at the Lincolnshire Show and the Lincoln Christmas Market. The group's popular "Christmas Turkey Bash" is also now an annual event on the calendar.
In 1999 "Ploughmens Bunch" released their debut CD " In A Field Of Our Own" which featured a number of the band's original songs like "Humber Rhumba", "Even The Best Grow Old" ,"Mavis Enderby" and "Ploughmen's Battle Song".
Recorded at the Lincoln University between March and October 2001 "Ploughing On" was the second album from the "Bunch". From the country-skiffle of original opening track "I Don't Know Where That Place Is" the album takes in traditional folk tunes like "Spanish Ladies Medley" and "Buttered Peas" a touch of Americana with "Turkey In The Straw" and even a flavour of the Caribbean with the title track, "Ploughing On".
Ploughmens Bunch features; "Tall" Paul Stephenson on mandolin and banjo, Allan Johnson on lead guitar, Steve Jackson on rhythm guitar and lead vocals, Colin Holland on bass and concertina, Mel Howell on violin and Anne Jackson on bodhran.
In 2003 the band were runners up in the 2003 Brigg Fiddle Festival Busking competition and appeared on the Lincolnshire County Council & BBC Radio Lincolnshire bandstands at the Lincolnshire Show.
The band have become regulars at Boston's Party In The Park, playing in front of 7000 people. Ploughmen's Bunch laid back style is well suited for lazy Sunday afternoons in the sunshine. As well as fully rigged sets, the band play acoustic concerts, and they supported Gene Parsons (of The Byrds) earlier in 2004.
For latest band news visit the Ploughmen's Bunch website.