Saddle up for a fun evening of cowboy music and top yodelling

Woody Holler

Woody Holler

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Audiences will be saddling up for an evening of cowboy swing, smooth crooning and blues yodelling, with lots of humorous banter to boot.

Woody Holler and his band will be on stage at Middleton and Todridge Village Hall on Saturday.

Woody Holler and his band (s)

Woody Holler and his band (s)

A purveyor of western swing music, Woody grew up hearing the songs of the cowboy. Although he was later trained in opera, a sense of nostalgia held him close to the early western genre. Woody met up with some top-notch jazz musicians and the cross-over was magical.

Consisting of some of Winnipeg’s finest folk/jazz musicians, Woody’s orchestra creates a style that he defines as jazz from the saddle. Greg Lowe on guitar, Richard Moody on violin and Danny Koulack on bass add clever arrangements, rich with virtuosity and style.

The repertoire is eclectic, fun and fascinating, featuring finger-snapping swing beats, love croons and show-stopping extreme yodelling, including Champion the Wonder Horse and Sweet Georgia Brown.

Woody counts among his influences Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Jimmy Rodgers, Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys.

The band has enjoyed a tour of Canada and Woody’s yodel has been heard past the Arctic Circle.

Their first album, Western Skies, was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award in 2010.

Woody and the boys will be playing material from their second album, Jazz From The Saddle.

It’s filled with all the things that make Woody Holler and his Orchestra so entertaining.

Woody is touring with Highlights Rural Touring Scheme as part of a collaboration between Contact East, Canada and North of England rural touring schemes.

George Courtice, promoter at Middleton Village Hall, said: “This gives another opportunity for people living in our neighbourhood to see a first-rate performance by international artists at an affordable price in their local community venue.

“The recent refurbishments are all complete so it is now more comfortable than ever.”

Woody Holler and his band will be on stage at 7.30pm on Saturday, April 16.

Tickets for the event are £7.50, book by calling 01670 772600 or online at www.highlightsnorth.co.uk
Highlights works in partnership with a network of village halls and community venues across Northumberland, Cumbria and Durham to provide professional performances from national companies and an annual contemporary craft tour.