Bluegrass band

The Vanguards

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About The Vanguards

Bluegrass band
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The Vanguards are a traditional 5-piece bluegrass band based in London.

The Vanguards are a five-piece traditional bluegrass band based in London, consisting of Jack Baker on mandolin, Alex Clarke on guitar, Chris Lord on banjo, Laura Nailor on fiddle and Pete Thomas on bass. They take their musical inspiration from the originators of bluegrass music. Instrumentally, they seek to create a sound which blends the mandolin style of Bill Monroe, the banjo style of Ralph Stanley and the old-time style of fiddling which typified early bluegrass recordings and which continues to influence the sound of traditional bluegrass bands into the present day. When not playing their original numbers, their repertoire reflects these musical influences. Their choice of songs strongly favours those written or recorded by The Stanley Brothers and Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys, but they also feature several songs made popular by Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys and Flatt & Scruggs. Their particular passion is exploring and faithfully recreating bluegrass music’s many rarely-heard compositions, particularly those written by Bill Monroe and Dr. Ralph Stanley.

Performance details
We can perform outdoors
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
We require car parking close to venues
We own a PA system
Folk, Bluegrass, Country
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Bluegrass band, Americana band, Country band
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Event types:
Concert, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

Bill Monroe - My Sweet Blue Eyed Darlin'
Bill Monroe - Pike County Breakdown
Bill Monroe - Will You Be Loving Another Man
Bill Monroe - Rawhide
Bill Monroe - Jerusalem Ridge
Bill Monroe - Come Hither to go Yonder
Bill Monroe - Southern Flavor
The Stanley Brothers - Love Me Darlin' Just Tonight
The Stanley Brothers - Clinch Mountain Backstep
The Stanley Brothers - Highway of Regret
The Stanley Brothers - Nobody's Love Is Like Mine
The Stanley Brothers - Ridin' That Midnight Train
The Stanley Brothers - Hard Times
Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys - Katy Daly
Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys - All I Ever Loved Was you
Flatt & Scruggs - Foggy Mountain Breakdown
Flatt & Scruggs - Farewell Blues
Flatt & Scruggs - Your Love Is Like a Flower
Don Reno - Remington Ride
The Dillards - Old Home Place
Frank Wakefield - New Camptown Races
Traditional - Ragtime Annie
Traditional - Mountain Dew
Traditional - A Beautiful Life
River Take Me Away
Crocus Valley Breakdown
Craggie Hope
Don't Think I Want You Back
Every Time You're Near
Barstool Blues
Rattlesnake Breakdown
Once in a Blue Moon


From customers:

Lisa P, 1 year ago

The future of traditional bluegrass is in great hands with the young Vanguards keeping it alive. They honor the pioneers of bluegrass, performing songs with all the raw emotion and power of the original versions. They also write their own material, which is somehow instantly infused with the ancient tones, sounding like it emerged from old Appalachia. Catch their live show to get the full effect!

Colin E, 1 year ago

I had the name Vanguards mentioned to me so checked them out on YoutTube and was well impressed. A traditional bluegrass sound with their own input. On this basis I booked them for a gig in the East Midlands and was knocked out by their performance and have been recommending them to other promoters, which I only do when I have confidence with an act. I know of one gig they've got on the back of this and I'm sure more will follow. Check these guys out when they play anywhere near you.