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The Folly Brothers

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About The Folly Brothers

Country music band with foot-stompin' American & bluegrass sounds. Popular songs with a bluegrass feel, plus original material.
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Leamington Spa
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Warwickshire-based bluegrass band The Folly Brothers began when brothers Mark and Jonny Roden started playing in pubs and clubs in and around their stomping ground, Leamington Spa. Inspired by outlaw country legends such as Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, their blend of rollicking bluegrass and introspective lyrics was a huge success in their hometown. Double bass player Wes Stanton soon joined the band and they enjoyed success as a trio, going down a storm on the festival circuit with slots at Black Deer and renowned folk venue The Green Note. In 2016 the band released their debut album, Bridge 101, named after the bridge near their father’s pub where they first began playing together. A brutally honest blend of smoking hot bluegrass and Americana, the album delves into traditional outlaw country music with an unmistakably modern twang. But it’s their live performance that sets this band apart from the rest. They are renowned for whipping up a frenzy at every gig they play, often moving into the crowd to play songs with the audience dancing around them. Fierce banjo chops and rapid slap-double-bass are the backdrop for Mark and Jonny’s harmonies, while newest member Alfie Amadeus plays melodic solos on mandolin or dobro. When the coronavirus pandemic hit in 2019, it meant that a whole year of shows were rescheduled or cancelled. During lockdown, the lads began writing new material to bring to festival stages all across the UK, focusing on four-part harmonies and the addition of dobro and mandolin to their sound. With successful festival slots all over the UK, and another set at The Green Note this autumn, 2022 has seen continued success. Lineup: MARK RODEN | Acoustic Guitar, Vocals JONNY RODEN | Banjo, Guitar, Vocals WES STANTON | Double Bass, Vocals ALFIE AMADEUS | Mandolin, Dobro, Vocals

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The Folly Brothers' Reviews

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Helen R
9 days ago, for a Private event in Warwickshire
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5 out of 5

Amazing performance last night from The Folly Brothers at our Warwickshire Young Farmers western themed party! Super talented, great communication beforehand and a proper crowd pleaser! Can’t wait to have them back again soon! Would recommend to anyone thinking of booking them!

Janene B
16 days ago, for a Private event in Brackley NN13
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5 out of 5

Why would you not book these fellas to headline your party or event?! Truly talented, fun and crowd engaging. Thank you for making the 20 years’ bash at my pub blinding!

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The Folly Brothers' Song list

Folsom Prison Blues
Ace of Spades
Set You Free
You're Not Alone
Cocaine Blues
I've Been Everywhere
Hotel Yorba
Tell It To Me
Keep It Clean
Wagon Wheel
Dirty Business
Artificial Thrills
Get It On Girl
High Note
Alfie's Reel
One Day Like This
Hit Me Baby One More Time
Country Roads
Time In The Can
The Flood
Good Old Fashioned Town
Get It On Girl
Goodbye Alabama
Whiskey Rye
Devil Drives
99 Problems
Blurred Lines
Bullet in the head
Whiskey in the Jar

The Folly Brothers' Prices

Last updated: 2024

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£2500
Up to 2 hours£2500
Up to 3 hours£3750
Three-piece acoustic only3 musicians
We occasionally offer acoustic-only gigs (suitable for small house parties or pub rooms) as a trio. This option is acoustic-only and is not suitable for all types of events, so are subject both to our discretion and availability.
Five-piece5 musicians
We can work with an additional fiddle player or dobro player in addition to the regular four-piece, so can work as a five. For all sizes of event.
Six-piece6 musicians
We can also work with pedal steel, dobro and fiddle player (any two from three!) so play as a six rather than a four. These are subject to availability. For all sizes of event.


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Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Clients love our energy - and the fact we enjoy getting involved with their guests in the crowd when we play acoustic at the end of a gig.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

We've played all over the UK and many venues in Europe too. We have been privileged to play Black Deer Festival, Greennote in Camden, London; Warwick Folk Festival; Cork Folk Festival in Ireland, Shrewsbury Folk Festival, and a myriad smaller events too numerous to list here.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Old Crow Medicine Show, Devil Makes Three, Trampled By Turtles, Towns van Zandt.

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Main stage at the Black Deer Festival.

Do you have different line-up options?

Our line up is guitar, double bass, banjo and mandolin. We can also include fiddle and dobro as options.

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

We're flexible and reasonable.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

We can do - we provide the iPod service before, and afterwards is at our discretion, depending on length of time and trip home.

How much time do you need to set up?

Ideally 2 hours.

Can you roam around while you perform?

We can perform acoustically roaming around party guests, though prefer to be the focal point for the dancing later in the evening.

Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?

We try to be flexible - we'll try anything but will be honest if we don't think a specific request will work.

Is all of the equipment (e.g. PA & lighting) included in your quote?

PA & lighting included. Usually next 4m x 3m to perform minimum.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Yes we often do!
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