They sing, play Banjos & Guitars and love to get the audience to
join in too. But The Soggy Bottom Boys are a band with a
difference every penny they earn goes to charity.
How the Band was Formed
The original band was formed in 2002 when some members of the Abergele Blue Grass Club wanted to meet more than once a month to enable us to improve our musical skills, to this end we started to meet once a week in the TA Centre in Colwyn Bay where Jim Earl was based. Eventually we decided by practising as a group we should have a goal, this resulted in us going out to the local day centre next door and playing our three or four songs, this was a success we then went further a field, this in turn gave us the confidence to build up our song base. The band has changed over the years with people leaving and others joining the two original members are Jim and Brian, Vince and Peter joined in 2004 and brought their musical expertise in, this again improved our sound and scope to perform more difficult and more appealing music which in turn increased our audience appeal.
With the help of our music tutor Stuart Williams we now boast a song base of over a 100 songs plus Xmas Carols, we now have the confidence and experience to play in any type of venue and to a much wider range of audience. The present line up of the band is Jim Earl from Llanfairfechan, who is the front man also playing Banjo, Dojo, Bohdran and percussion , Peter Chadwick from Llanwrst on Vocals and playing lead guitar, Brian Armitage from Glan Conwy on Vocals and playing guitar and ukulele , Vince Mehlin on Vocals and playing Banjo, Dojo and rhythm guitar.
With all the changes over the years we now feel we have created a really entertaining and worthwhile sound, this reflects in the reaction and comments from our audiences we perform to, more than anything we as a band really enjoy what we are playing and we feel through the medium of our music we bring a lot of joy to a lot of people.
All the monies we receive from both our performance and our CD sales goes directly to our charity fund, this is distributed out at the end of each year to the various local charities such as. Ty Gobiath, (Home for Terminally ill Children) McMillan Nurses, Welsh Air Ambulance, Help the Heroes, Alzheimer's Society, Snowdon Mountain Rescue & Various other requests received from local projects.
The band name was given to us by a friend who had seen the film Oh Brother Where Art Thou there is a a lot of Banjo music in it, the name has just stuck with us, there is a Soggy Bottom Boy band still performing in America, they are part of the Alison Kraus band Union Station.
All members of the band get massive satisfaction from playing, and all the hard work we put in to perfect our act is worth while, especially when we see the pleasure on the faces of our audiences, when our donations help people less fortunate than us, plus worthwhile organisations , we get a fantastic sense of achievement and pride.
All monies that we receive go, to local Charities, we pay all our own expenses, and over the past 14 year's we have donated approximately £50,000 to various Charities and Institutions that can be seen here.
Jim on Banjo, Dojo, and Bodhran
Brian on Guitar, and Ukulele
Peter on Guitar
Vince on Guitar, Banjo and Dojo
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If you have any questions or require a booking, please e-mail Jim or Peter at the following e-mail address, or Telephone Number :-
Tele:- 01248 298387
Tele:- 01492 640774