On Friday 2nd September the Electric Palace are hosting Hank Wangford & the Lost Cowboys to get this year’s Hat Festival off to a brilliant start. Appearing with Hank are his four all-star hard-core country musicians, including B.J. Cole, a leading UK exponent of the pedal steel guitar. An authentic country singer/songwriter, with a wide emotional range, country music’s ‘King of Pain’ is renowned on both sides of the Atlantic for his originality and long years on the country music scene.
The show will also feature a spot by the newly formed Wangford Bass Combo which is Hank with the Twin Basses of Kevin Foster & Spanner Robinson
There’ll be a celebratory party atmosphere in the elegant surroundings of Bridport’s Palace. Vintage dress is optional – but approved of – so pick a decade and dress glamorously – and don’t forget your hat!. The palace has a dance area and Hank is uncommonly fond of a waltz – so do wear your dancing shoes!
Tickets are available from the Electric Palace box office http://www.electricpalace.org.uk or Bridport Tourist Information Centre, Bucky Doo Square, Bridport DT6 3LF
This years line up is:
Lead vocal / guitar / ukulele. If Daniel O’Donnell is the brightly scrubbed face of British country music then Hank Wangford is its guilty conscience, its dark and troubled grubby soul. Hank has picked at the miserable underbelly of country music for twenty eight years, inspiring others like Billy Bragg, The The, The Alabama Three and other alt.country musicians.
He has spread the word with his two ground breaking television series, Britain’s first on Country music, “Big Big Country” and “The A to Z of C&W” and his books “Lost Cowboys” and “Hank Wangford Vol 3 The Middle Years”.
This messianic derailment onto the path of country music came from befriending and playing with Gram Parsons, ex-Byrds and Flying Burrito Brothers, in the seventies. This was at a time when Hank – as Dr Sam Hutt – was a rock ‘n roll doctor. Many of his patients were from the world of rock music and the hippie alternative world. The Grateful Dead, the Who and the Rolling Stones were some of his clients.
As well as his songs and books, Hank has been writing travel articles for the Sunday Telegraph, the Guardian and Caribbean World. He has written on Romania, Georgia, Argentina, Uruguay, Coney Island, St Vincent and the Grenadines, the Falkland Islands’ tour, Route 66, Branson Missouri, Nude Mountaineering on Everest, eco-farmers in Marin County California and his son’s marriage by Elvis Presley in Las Vegas.
Hank continues to be President of the Nude Mountaineering Society.
In another life, Hank is a doctor and continues to work in sexual healthcare and contraception. He lectures and trains doctors and nurses around Britain. He has trained doctors and nurses in Georgia and in Bosnia during the war. He regularly visits Transylvania, Romania where he has had a project for women since 1991 and has helped set up two clinics.
Hank knows that laughter, tears and music are the greatest healers we have. This is why he loves Country music.
Anna (Spanner) Robinson.
Lead vocals and electric bass. Outstanding singer and Consultant Harmonist.
BJ Cole – Pedal Steel/ Dobro
A unique innovator on the Pedal Steel Guitar who has carved out a formidable reputation as a session musician and was also a founder member of the British post psychedelic band Cochise. He also established Cow Pie Records which led to his long term association with Hank Wangford
Doll by Doll bassist goes hard country. A powerhouse of C&W and honky tonk rhythms. In demand on the London roots music scene.
Roy Dodds – Drums
Ex-Fairground Attraction, plays with Eddie Reader and has produced her new album. Attached at the rhythmic hip to Kevin Foster.