Billy in the Lowground
Billy in the Lowground are often shoe-horned into the pigeonhole marked ‘Folk Rock’, mainly because they’re loud and there’s a distinct Irish influence courtesy of fiddle player Ruth Behan, but the sound is continuously evolving, incorporating elements of Americana, Rock, and Country.
Comparisons are sometimes made with the Waterboys and the Levellers, but there’s a distinctive tone to the band that’s all their own.
They’ve played hundreds of gigs in pubs, clubs, and venues large and small all over the UK since they formed in 1991, as well as too many festivals to count.
They’ve also supported many well-known acts including John Otway, Shane McGowan & the Popes, The Men They Couldn’t Hang, Norma Waterson & Martin Carthy, Oysterband, Rory McCleod and Fairport Convention.
2016 was a successful year for the band with their album ‘Ticket to Somewhere’ getting excellent reviews – Rock’n’Reel described it as “Nashville relocated to the wilds of Somerset, and played with Joe Strummer’s heart and soul” – and an award from Bristol radio station BCFM for the best album from a local artist.
In 2017 the band appeared at 11 festivals in total over the summer, including Priming the Pump, Once Upon a Time in the West, Farmfestival Somerset, Sunrise Celebration and Bearded Theory.