Contemporary folk band

The RedHills

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About The RedHills

Contemporary folk band
Warwick
Britfolk played loud and proud! The Redhills take traditional songs and tunes and mash them up into rocking great arrangements.

Somewhere out in the wilds of Warwickshire , a bunch of otherwise sensible folks got together to play some rock n roll , after a studio in a converted chicken shed (complete with chicken neighbours) became available. After a trip to the Cropredy festival and a late night conflab in the camp site, it was decided that folk rock was maybe even more fun - and so the infant Redhills was conceived.. After a couple of personnel shuffles the current line up came together in 2011, briefly fell apart and then came back together again! The band plays tunes and songs drawn from the English Irish and Scottish traditions using electric and acoustic guitars, fiddle and percussion, all mixed up and glued together with vocal harmonies into bold arrangements ranging from sparse acoustic through to full-on rock wall of sound or get-you-up-and dance jigs and reels. The band brought out their first EP "Songs from the Chicken Shed" in 2012 and issued their second release, "Electric Chickenland" in 2016. With a local following established through playing in local pubs and clubs the band are booked to play several festivals around the midlands this summer.

Performance details
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
We own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Folk rock, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional English folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Folk
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Event types:
Bar / Club / Venue event, Wedding, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Charity event, Concert, Theatre / Show, Birthday party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

Greenland Whale Fishery
Captain Ward
Shippin' on up to Boston
Blackleg Miner
The Doffing Mistress
Byker Hill
The Blacksmith
Liberty
Banks of the Nile
Lowlands of Holland
Twa Corbies
Turpin's Ghost
Wry Neck Sal
Spring Heeled Jack
The Devil and the Farmer's Wife
No One Knows
Whiskey for Breakfast
River Flow
The Trooper and the Maid
Elsie Marley
Ksander's Jig
Morrisons Jig
Old John's Jig
Moll in the Wad jig
Rakes of Clonmel jig
Con Casey jig
Polly Bishop's slip jig
Shooting slip jig
The Butterfly slip jig
The Gravel Walks reel
Boys of Laois reel
Star of Munster reel
Merry Blacksmith reel
Flowers of Red Hill reel
Durham Rangers reel
Faery Dance reel
Wind that shakes the Barley reel
Streams of Whiskey reel
Ut Est be da Vong reel
Merry Boys of Greenland reel
Oliford Jack
Haste to the Wedding
Barham Down 6/4
Cuckoos Nest
The Old Lancashire Hornpipe 3/2
Angie
The Black Joak
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

We normally play as a 5 piece: Fiddle, electric guitars, acoustic guitar, electric bass and percussion, with four of us singing. Percussion default is a drum kit. For smaller venues we use an electronic drum kit -which looks just the same- but can be played quieter! We can perform with a cajon or hybrid kit instead, but that would rule out some songs.

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

We'll always try to be flexible. If we can accommodate the change we will do so- just give us as much notice as you can if you do need to make a change.

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

We can put your iPod on to play through our PA for free, but mention it when you book if possible. We don't offer a DJ.

How much time do you need to set up?

If we are bringing our PA, we normally need about half an hour to get it unloaded and into the stage area and about 30 mins - 1 hour to set up and check microphones and instruments. If we are plugging into your own PA and can access backstage easily we can do everything a lot faster. We have done it in ten minutes at festivals(!) but ideally, as above.

Can you roam around while you perform?

It's not something we normally do, as we're all connected to things by wires and it could get dangerous! If you have a special request in mind let us know and we'll see if we can do it!

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

We tend to perform the tunes and songs all mashed up together in special arrangements, so we fix the set order in advance of the show to best suit the type of event and the timings required. We're always happy to discuss the proposed set-list. No requests "on the night"- but if you have a special song you want us to play, let us know in advance.

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

We normally include our PA but not lights. If you want us to bring lights we can hire them in at cost.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

If a particular song or tune isn't in our set - especially if it's a folk/trad one- we may already know it and be able to do it for free. Please ask us in advance though , not on the night! If you want us to learn a special song that we don't already know, let us know well in advance of the event and we'll learn/rehearse it for you for an additional £30.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

We play songs and jiggy tunes that have survived hundreds of years because they are so catchy and lively, however we play them "loud and proud" with a rock n' roll sensibility! We also try to keep the atmosphere relaxed and fun between the songs. Allow space for dancing if you can, because people do get the urge when we're playing...

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Smallest has been standing on a table in a pub. Largest has been the Ricoh Arena! We do a lot of music festival stages and smaller venues like folk clubs.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

We've undoubtedly been influenced by Steeleye Span and Fairport Convention but also "rockier" artists like The Levellers and "folkier" ones like Eliza Carthy and Spiers and Boden, as well as from playing traditional tunes for ceilidh and morris dancing.

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

The Ricoh Arena in 2018 was the biggest stage we've been on. We've also headlined several music festivals in our area over the last few years

Prices

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

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£800
Up to 2 hours£950
Up to 3 hours£1200

Reviews

From customers:

Leamington F, 4 years ago

Another capital performance, full of murder, industrial strife, visceral naval warfare and the occasional bit of rumpy pumpy

John C, 2 years ago

However, the main kudos go to the amazing Redhills. They were simply stunning. They played a set of , mostly, traditional music but done in such a fresh and enjoyable way that I spent most of the evening grinning like a child who's been given the keys to a sweetshop. Oh,and they rock! The new venue has a really nice atmosphere and the room sounds good both from the stage and the audience.