Warwickshire-based bluegrass band The Folly Brothers began when brothers Mark and Jonny Roden started playing in pubs and clubs in and around their stomping ground, Leamington Spa. Inspired by outlaw country legends such as Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, their blend of rollicking bluegrass and introspective lyrics was a huge success in their hometown. Double bass player Wes Stanton soon joined the band and they enjoyed success as a trio, going down a storm on the festival circuit with slots at Black Deer and renowned folk venue The Green Note.
It’s their live performance that sets this band apart from the rest. They are renowned for whipping up a frenzy at every gig they play, often moving into the crowd to play songs with the audience dancing around them. Fierce banjo chops and rapid slap-double-bass are the backdrop for Mark and Jonny’s harmonies, while added melodic solos on mandolin or dobro fill out their sound beautifully.
When the coronavirus pandemic hit in 2019, it meant that a whole year of shows were rescheduled or cancelled. During lockdown, the lads began writing new material to bring to festival stages all across the UK, focusing on elegant harmonies. With successful festival slots all over the UK and Europe, 2023 has seen continued success and the lads are looking forward to 2024 with great enthusiasm.