BG_OutdoorThe Buffalo Gals are fast becoming the country's favourite old-time country string band. Firmly rooted in traditional American music, with an authentic sound driven by fiddle, banjo, percussive step dance, and soaring harmonies, they produce an irresistible show packed with all the excitement, passion and fun of Appalachian, Bluegrass, Blues and Cajun tunes and songs.

Buffalo Gals performs Old-time country music from the Southern Appalachian region of the United States, and specialises in using music, song and dance to convey the spirit, excitement and passion of American roots music. The group was born out of the Old-Time Country Roots Revue project which performed for Frome ECOS festival and the Gables Theatre American Music Festival. They are a group of professional performers with a wide range of talents and interests, all of whom share a passion for the traditional music of the USA, and bring to their performance their many years of experience and enthusiasm for the genre. They presently perform at a variety of Folk and Bluegrass festivals, arts centres, acoustic music and folk clubs, and dances. Recent performances have included:

The Buffalo Gals are fast becoming the country's favourite old-time country string band. Firmly rooted in traditional American music, with an authentic sound driven by fiddle, banjo, percussive step dance, and soaring harmonies, they produce an irresistible show packed with all the excitement, passion and fun of Appalachian, Bluegrass, Blues and Cajun tunes and songs.

Buffalo Gals performs Old-time country music from the Southern Appalachian region of the United States, and specialises in using music, song and dance to convey the spirit, excitement and passion of American roots music. The group was born out of the Old-Time Country Roots Revue project which performed for Frome ECOS festival and the Gables Theatre American Music Festival. They are a group of professional performers with a wide range of talents and interests, all of whom share a passion for the traditional music of the USA, and bring to their performance their many years of experience and enthusiasm for the genre. They presently perform at a variety of Folk and Bluegrass festivals, arts centres, acoustic music and folk clubs, and dances. Recent performances have included:

A1 Festival of Music and Dance
Bath Fringe Festival
Cis Hinkle Contra Dance, Bristol
The Cornish Bluegrass Festival
Cornwall Folk Festival
Didmarton Bluegrass Festival
Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival
Feet First Festival, Matlock
Friends of American Old-Time Music Festival
Frome Arts Festival
Merlin Theatre, Frome Arts Centre
The PROM, Bristol
Wexford Hooves and Grooves Festival.

Old-Time Country music with the Buffalo Gals

The roots of American music are alive and thriving, as you will have a chance to discover at a Buffalo Gals performance...where you can have a taste of the fiddle and banjo of the Southern Appalachians, as well as its ballads, gospel, blues, and firey flatfoot stepdancing.

You'll hear the influence of American music everywhere; It has been hugely influential in many aspects of the music most of us listen to today. The roots music of America has given inspiration to almost every type of popular music we have heard in the last century. Elvis Presley's first recording was of a song called Blue Moon of Kentucky, written by the father of Bluegrass music, Bill Monroe. The Everly Brothers, who based their music on the traditional sound of brother duets, were the major musical influence on the early harmonies of the Beatles. Early Blues provided a similar inspiration for later forms of popular music, and created a powerful thread of influence on the development of Rock'n'Roll. With Buffalo Gals, you will have the opportunity to relive the early forms of country music, and hear some of how American traditional music sounded when the recording industry was in its infancy.

Old-Time Country music blends influences from all over the world, most obviously from those immigrants who carried music from the British Isles, people transported from Africa and living as slaves, and Native Americans. The main instruments used in this music are fiddle, banjo, guitar, and lap dulcimer, though many other instruments are involved, such as harmonica, jaws harp, bass, and autoharp. It is characterised by lively tunes, unusual rhythms and timing, sad ballads and gospel songs. Much of the music contributed by the British Isles was in the form of dance music and ballads. The African people contributed a highly developed sense of rhythm and syncopation, a vocal spiritual music that included church-style harmonies, and the sound of the banjo. The music of Native Americans also contributed to vocal and rhythmic styles of Old-Time Music. Geographical and cultural isolation during the early part of the expansion of the USA contributed to a deep feeling of the music belonging to the people who were making it, and to the evolution of a musical identity that was much greater than the sum of its parts. Above all, it is fun, social music with a great drive and passion, and we aim to involve all of our audiences in its excitement!

kateKATE LISSAUER
www.katelissauer.com

Kate Lissauer is a leading light in the American traditional music scene in Britain, as a performer and teacher. Hailing from Western Maryland, USA, she is an award-winning Appalachian fiddle and banjo player, as well as a fine singer in the old-time country style, and a square dance caller.

Most of her music is inspired by the traditions of West Virginia and Kentucky. She has been involved in several recording projects, including her own, "Ain't No Grave", and "Walk Chalk Chicken", and fiddling and singing for both Sara Grey and Kieron Mains on the Tradition Bearers series of CDs.

Kate plays fiddle and sings lead and harmony with the band.

johnnyJOHN WHELAN
John Whelan has been playing country and mountain music on the five-string banjo for many years, his initial enthusiasm for American music ignited by the music of Derroll Adams and Jack Elliot, whose early forays into the British folk scene were highly influential in sparking interest in the instrument.

John has learned from and been inspired by some of America's finest pickers, and has developed a creative and versatile style, including his own brand of two and three-finger picking.

John sings backup vocals with the band.

soozSUE CLARE
Sue Clare is a talented songwriter and singer who has been involved in the world of traditional music for many years, as a performer and writer. She is a seasoned performer with a voice that ranges from angelic to raunchy.

While her musical background is diverse - she has sung with rock, jazz, blues and folk bands, and, most recently, an a capella trio - she has a particular interest in American Country Music which ranges from Blegrass through contemporary Nashville styles.

Sue plays ukelele and guitar with the band, and provides lead and harmony vocals.

sibsSIBYLLE RIESEN
Sibylle Riesen describes herself as the "foot musician", using high-energy percussive dance to provide the ‘drum’ rhythm in the band. She specialises in the Appalachian "flatfooting" dance form, having studied with some of the US's top exponents of traditional dance styles. A past member of City Clickers, step dancers of English Clog, French Canadian and Cape Breton Styles, she now performs as a soloist dancer. Her passion for ‘crooked’ American fiddle tunes gets her feet flying!

She also sings harmony with the band.

joffJOFF LOWSON
Joff Lowson was born in Alabama. He became hooked on Old-Time American music and began playing guitar as well as both frailing and Scruggs style banjo at an early age. Joff has played with top UK bluegrass act the Jalapeño Pickers, and with the Highfield Boys won 'Best Band' prize at Leeds Country Music Festival.

Now living in the UK, Joff has been in great demand as a session musician, appearing on BBC TV, MTV, CMTV, BBC Radio 1 and the main stage at Glastonbury Festival.

timTIM SMITH
Tim Smith, an early Buffalo Gals bass player, who appears on their first CD, left the band to live in France for several years, and returned to the fold in 2013, much to the band’s delight. He has been performing for 3o years, and is always in great demand for his powerful bass playing, excellent guitar work, and all-around musicianship. Previous ventures have included working with Irish, Country Rock, Barndance, and Bluegrass bands in the UK and France.