Band From County Hell

News & stuff…
06OCT17 Celtic Song - Single by The Band from County Hell out now on iTunes & Spotify Click Here
Celtic Song

01SEP17 We would like to thanks the world record holder, Nick Sanders, for a fantastic gig at Mach 2.5 in Wales last weekend. Great fun all round and a truly beautiful setting, we look forward to seeing you again. Nick Sanders

18JUL17 Liverpool Song - Single by The Band from County Hell on Apple Music Click Here
Liverpool Song

06JUN17 The Band From County Hell are to play at this years' THE LAKES FESTIVAL at Skegness on Saturday 8th July

17MAR17 Our 'King Of Scotland Tour' this February was a huge success. Thankyou to everyone who came out to see the band, we will be back !!

We are also looking forward to our next two gigs in April. On April 8th we play the historic Gliderdrome and on April 29th we play Doncaster's legendary music venue, The Leopard. Tickets are now on sale, just follow the link on our website.
King Of Scotland Tour

11JAN17 Cllr John Money, the Chairman of North Kesteven District Council, would be delighted to welcome you to his charity band night, featuring the highly regarded local Celtic folk rock band, The Band from Country Hell. An example of the band’s work for you to listen to my be found by clicking here.
Great British Folk Festival 2015
9JAN17 This coming Friday January 13th 2017 BFCH will be working with our recording engineer Andy at Carre's Grammar School. The Boys Choir are putting down some backing vocals for our next football anthem release.
9JAN17 We are pleased to announce that we are doing our first set of dates in Scotland: all details are now on our gig listings.

We will be doing a 900 mile journey taking us from County Hell to Glasgow and back and the tour dates start on Tuesday February 14th in Kirkcudbright. Media specialists will be working with BFCH to arrange promo for the tour so listen out, interviews and airplay will be included in 20 plus Music Radio programmes around the UK in the next few weeks.
25MAY16 May 25th BFCH did a live session for the BBC to include an interview and songs 'The Day My Granny Died', 'Fag Ash Lill' & 'Liberty'. Live playback is available Here at 23.30 onwards on the Jono Brine show, Radio Lincolnshire
8MAY16 Thankyou to everyone who came to see us support New Model Army at The Engine Shed last Thursday. We had a great night and dedicated our set to the late Daryl Bush who first introduced our frontman Jock Mclelland to NMA in the early 80s.
Engine Shed
27MAR16 We would like to thank everyone who came to see us at The Lincoln Drill Hall on March 18th for our 'sell out' show, it was a fantastic night all round with great support from the venue and the city of Lincoln.

We are pleased to announced that we have been asked to support New Model Army on their tour date at the Lincoln Engine Shed, Thursday May 5th and tickets are now available online

On Saturday July 16th we will be appearing with The Boomtown Rats at Wellowfest, Nottinghamshire as part of the festival line-up, stage time to be announced
13DEC15 BFCH would like to thank everyone involved in our appearance at The Great British Folk Festival 2015, we had a fantastic response to our set and our biggest indoor audience since playing our own show at The London Palladium.
Great British Folk Festival 2015
Photos taken by Martin Lewis
23NOV15 Pleased to be included in this month's issue of international music magazine R2 RocknReel with our song 'Late Lost Souls' being published on their November CD
Parklife! Festival
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23NOV15 Jock has been interviewed by Alan Ritson from Lincon City Radio and Siren FM. The interview goes out on Tuesday December 1st at 7pm on Lincoln City Radio 103.6FM and on Thursday December 4th at 8pm for Siren Folk and finally Saturday 6th December Siren 107.3 FM at 7pm or listen online at
20MAY15 BFCH to Headline Parklife! Festival Saturday June 20th , Compton Verney, Warwickshire
Parklife! Festival
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20MAY15 BFCH won the public vote after our performance at The Great British Folk festival last year on the 'Introducing Stage' and return to the main stage on December 6th 2015 at Butlin's, Skegness GBFF2015, we would like to thank everyone who voted for us!
29APR15 BFCH are pleased to announce that they have won the public vote for their performance on the Introducing Stage at the Great British Folk Festival 2014 and as such will be returning to the main stage at the event on Sunday December 6th 2015, THANKYOU to everyone who voted for us!  see gigs for details

'Jock' in his kilt, Axe & Cleaver, Boston & 'Mclaughlan' on the pipes

9FEB15 Thankyou to Bev Weston who took this picture for us at The Great British Festival in December 2014, we had a fantastic response to our music and songs. We look forward to 2015 and welcome R.U.S Vicious on bass with Filthy switching to banjo, mandolin and whistle....looking forward to seeing you on route, BFCH

6MAY14 BFCH are pleased to announce that we will be supporting The Beat for several of their Autumn Tour Dates 2014
30APR14 Thanks to Phoenix FM (Essex) for airplay on our latest album 'Shifts & Changes' today in anticiaption of our headlining gig at The 100 Club
15DEC13 New dates for 2014 now being announced.
17Mar13 iTunes and The Gliderdrome
Many thanks to everyone who came to The Gliderdrome in Boston for our St Patrick's gig, thanks to support bands Greenman Rising & Across The Tracks and to the man that is working to bring this historic venue back as a live music destination, Steve Greenhough, fantastic turnout – THANK YOU.

As of today our latest album 'Shifts & Changes' is available for download on iTunes.
05FEB13 Gliderdome
More details here about our Gliderdrome gig.
St Patricks Day 2013
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22NOV12 New Pics
Thanks to Dominic Clarke of Boutonnaire Photography for the new pics from our recent Tokyo gig
28SEP12 BMF Tailend, Peterborough
"I was backstage when the Band From County Hell appeared on stage and had to come and see what was going on as it was a very loud party atmosphere I was missing out on. The BFCH were a celtic band and really had the crowd dancing all around the room with classics including the Irish Rover!"
More… BMF Tailend Party 2012 (TBFM Online)
22AUG12 TOKYO, Lincoln
BFCH and Seven Little Sisters play TOKYO
18MAY12 The Dawg bites back at Darwen 2012
Our slot at Darwen 2012 on June 4th has been changed from The Library Theatre stage to the Main Stage at 4.40pm and the good news is that The Dawg will now be with us on percussion so a full rocking line up for Darwen – this outdoor event is free with headliners The Beat appearing at around 8pm.
05APR12 More gigs for 2012
BFCH are pleased to announce that a number of dates are presently in the planning for October 2012. The Band will be double billing with the recently re-formed 'Seven Little Sisters'…more details to be announced soon.
23FEB12 Band From County Hell gear up for St Patrick's Day in Nottingham
Glasgow-Irish Band, The Band From County Hell were reviewed last year as 'the best band ever to spend St Patrick's Day listening to' after their sell-out gig at The Drill Hall, Lincoln.

This year sees the band travelling to King Georges Hall, Blackburn on Friday 16th March 2012 and The Rescue Rooms, Nottingham on Saturday 17th March 2012.

BFCH have successfully released 6 original albums, they have gigged constantly for the last 16 years with 3 members of the band all being part of The McLelland family. Lead instrumentalist, Ben McLelland, was only 13 when he did his first gig and now at 21 years old he is an exceptional player, leading the melody on fiddle, accordion and whistle.

Said front man Steven Mclelland, "St Patrick's is our favourite time of year, we are a band that loves to create a party and we can guarantee that the audiences will not be able to keep their feet still once the music and song begins."
Joolz at Fordham Fest Ben pictured backstage with Jon from the Levellers at Wychwood Summer Festival Steve with Ben on accordion
15NOV11 Big Thank You
Dear Band from County Hell,
a very Very Big Thank you to you for sending Enid a lovely message and an amazing poem!! I love it!! I will be presenting it to her on Friday at the little party I have arranged. She really is a very special person and means a lot to me so I just know she will be thrilled. Thank you so much again. I wish you all the best, have a wonderful Christmas.
Take care and kind regards,
P.S. I will keep up my end of the bargain by continuing to play your music xx
14NOV11 A message for Enid
Congratulations on 21 years of voluntary work at the Cancer Research Charity Shop, how wonderful that you have given your time to help others in need. A little bird tells us that you have enjoyed the music on a Friday afternoon from our second album 'Brand New'. It seems a very long time ago to us that we recorded the album and we are pleased to hear that it has encouraged you to have a bit of a jig!! The band is still going strong and only this week two songs from our sixth original album are being sought from major publishers so we have been very fortunate indeed.

We send you a little poem from our resident poet 'Billy Allen' and hope you enjoy it...

Just for Enid
Every where in Britain there is a merry band
full of men and women
glad to lend a hand
the best there is, is British
and they'll day by day be found
not in good-for-nothings
but people on the ground
one of them is Enid
a friendly soul is she
enjoys her music and a joke
with her friends and thee
twenty and plus one years
she was always been there
time and friendship with her staff
she would always share
when she has some spare time
our Enid likes to dance
dreams of Richard Branson
and a wonderful romance
she dances with Sir Richard
they dance extremely well
the music that they dance to is

with love and very best wishes from all at BFCH xxxxx
09NOV11 Interested parties from the media
Thank You to Sentric Music for getting in touch with a view to using our latest album Shifts & Changes at Channel 5. We are always pleased to send out our work to any interested parties from the media, so if we have missed someone then do please get in touch.
28SEP11 R2 ROCKnREEL September Issue
BFCH are featured on this months R2 front cover CD with their song 'Late Lost Souls' and the band have been named as a firm favourite by this international magazine
12SEP11 2012 Festival Organisers
We have begun taking bookings for Summer Festivals 2012, if you are a festival organiser and would like any details on BFCH plus a complimentary album then please do get in touch and we will get straight back to you.
08SEP11 Trekking in Peru
September 2011 'Oor Ben' is trekking in Peru and he has raised £3000 for The Meningitis Charity Trust from donating his Summer gig money and doing street collections. We wish him all the best and a safe return in October.
31AUG11 Galtres Festival
BFCH would like to thank everyone who came to see them at Galtres Festival, despite the mud it was a great gig and definitely one to remember.

Thought your performance at the Galtres mud fest was excellent…loads of energy…jigs and reels were tricky in the mud and rain but your set made the day.
Cheers, Garry
22AUG11 New connections
Many thanks to Waldo at Celtic Folk Punk for the review, something has connected somewhere…and many thanks to our new German followers for buying our music online, much appreciated.
16JUN11 Facebook
Jock has entered the world of Facebook and invites anyone interested in BFCH to be a friend.
08JUN11 Galtres Festival
We are playing at the county's top family festival at Crayke, North Yorkshire for the first time. We are joining 100 bands playing over three days on five stages, plus a huge beer and cider festival, a night cabaret, comedy tent, family fun, fabulous food and beautiful camping. The madcap ArtsBarge crew will be there in force, bringing you cabaret, theatre, music, wondrous wackiness, frills and frolics, and a good cup of tea too. Clay Fish will be contributing magic, drama, film-making and even a yo-yo workshop. Entry costs just £60* for a weekend ticket or £36* for the day so it must be one of the best-priced festivals ever, in the setting of a wonderful hilltop arena overlooking the Vale and City of York. John Otway, Chris Helme (Seahorses), The Men They Couldn't Hang, Puressence, and Mostly Autumn are also on the billing.

* discounts available on tickets purchased before the 30JUN11. See gig list for details.
02JUN11 Irish Times
BFCH are featured in The Irish World, many thanks to reporter Shelley Marsden for the picture and coverage.
20MAY11 RocknReel
Our interview with RocknReel is in the current May/June issue and the magazine can be purchased or ordered online or at any WH Smiths around the UK.
20MAY11 Bearded Theory
BFCH had a great gig at The Bearded Theory Festival and received a very enthusiastic response from the festival crowd – Ian: …despite the weather being a bit nippy at times I enjoyed The Undertones, Neck, Mundo Jazz and The Band from County Hell…
The band send their thanks to everyone involved in making it such a success.
13MAY11 ESPN Calling
Anyone who listens to coverage by ESPN, and listens to BFCH, may think they are hearing things…well you probably are!! ESPN Music Director, based in Bristol, Connecticutt, USA, has requested the last album 'Shifts & Changes' for placement and is now corresponding with the band with a view to usage of our football songs.

ESPN's letterhead includes the line "shuffling old music does not make it new"

BFCH couldn't agree more and are delighted that this American-based network approves of their latest, original work.
28MAR11 St Patrick's Day
BFCH would like to say a BIG THANKS to everyone who has supported the band over the St Pat's dates for 2011. We had a great time and great turnout at every gig so thank you. We hope to see you all again soon over the summer at one of our outside gigs and don't forget if anyone is in London on the last Thursday of the month BFCH acoustic start their residency at The Betsey Trotwood, Farringdon
17MAR11 St Patrick's Day: BBC Radio Lincolnshire
Jock is being interviewed live at 2.20pm today by Nicola from BBC Radio Lincolnshire.
09FEB11 Indie Celts BFCH Acoustic and The Cellar Sessions of County Hell at The Betsey
BFCH Acoustic have been offered a residency at The Betsey Trotwood, Farringdon Road, London and will be playing and organising a night of acoustic music and song on the last Thursday of the month. They are looking for the best of singer songwriters to add to the monthly line up, so if you have the talent and would like to be involved then drop us a line.

The first date for your diary is Thursday 28th April 2011 and more details regarding The Betsey can be found at
30JAN11 ROCKnREEL & Our March UK Tour
R2 Magazine – Rock'n'Reel – Roots, Rock, Blues and Beyond.
Written for the fans by the fans…
15JAN11 Time for a Well-Earned Break
Joolz for RocknReel We are having a wee break at the moment but look forward to our St Patrick's dates in 2011 and hope to see you there.

Thank you to all the radio stations that have been in touch and for adding 'Shifts & Changes' to your playlists, we are pleased to send the album out to you and appreciate the feedback.

We are starting to plan our summer dates and have just confirmed an outside event that involves BFCH arriving in an ambulance…and yes, that is before the gig!!

Readers of RocknReel will soon be able to read an interview with 'oor Joolz' seen here photographed by London photographer Jo Paterson.

We would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and say a huge thank you for all your support and interest in BFCH.
01DEC10 Music for the Troops
Many thanks to our young soldiers who have been purchasing and promoting our new album 'Shifts & Changes' amongst the troops abroad. BFCH will ensure that all Xmas orders are dealt with within 24 hours of receipt and posted promptly.

Merry Xmas everyone and thank you for your support.
14NOV10 Anything Goes/Moorlands Roots Radio
On Simon Jones' playlist for Sunday November 7th 2010 he included 'Will You' from 'Shifts & Changes'.
13OCT10 Airplay on Rutland Radio
Rutland Radio will be playing a track from our latest album, 'Shifts & Changes', on their local music slot this Saturday at 1.30pm. Tune in on 97.4 or 107.2 FM, alternatively you can listen live at
28SEP10 Anything Goes/Moorlands Roots Radio
Moorlands Radio logo Make a regular date with Simon Jones on Moorlands Radio – on Sunday September 26th 2010 we were once again included on his playlist, 'Sad Day' from 'Shifts & Changes' was his choice this time. Perhaps you should put this album on your wish list!
14SEP10 Anything Goes/Moorlands Roots Radio
Once again Simon Jones included us on his playlist for Sunday September 12th 2010…
this time 'Shifts & Changes' from 'Shifts & Changes' was first on the list.
31AUG10 Moorlands Radio
Playlist for Anything Goes/Moorlands Roots Sunday August 29th 2010
'Hesitation Blues', Ben Prestage from 'Real Music' on Nugene Records.
'Docker’s Hands', ahab from 'Live EP 1', Self Release.
'Untitled', The Tansads from 'Rough & Ready' on Voice Of Reason.
'You', Loraine Morley from 'Snowdon Songs', on Anhrefn Music.
'79th's Farwell/Atholl Highlanders' Dave Swarbrick & Simon Nicol from 'In The Club', on Talking Elephant Records.
'Wednesday Week', The Undertones from 'Teenage Kicks The Very Best' on Salvo Records.
'Fighting For Strangers' Steeleye Span from 'Another Parcel Of' on EMI Records.
'News From Heaven', Runrig CD Single on Chrysalis Records.
'Black is The Colour/Drifting', Blair Dunlop from 'The Blair Dunlop EP', on Talking ElephantRecords.
'Say You're Gonna Be My Girl', Mark Chadwick from 'All The Pieces' on Stay By Records.
'Late Lost Souls', The Band From County Hell from 'Shifts & Changes', Self Release.
'Celebrity', Leatherat from 'Short Time On Earth', on Leather Records.
'Real As Disneyland', Julian Dawson from 'Spark', on Gadfly Records.

1900-2100 — Moorlands Roots
John Peel meets Bob Harris – that's the style of our own Simon Jones.
17JUL10 BFCH to return to BMF
After a fantastic gig at the BMF Kelso Bikefest last weekend we have been booked to play the BMF Tailend Bikefest at Lincolnshire Showground on Friday 17th September. See you there.
22JUN10 Calling all Radio Stations
Our latest CD 'Shifts & Changes' has now been serviced to all of the BBC Radio stations across the UK and is heading off in the next couple of weeks to many Independants. If you run a station and would like to play our music and have not yet received our new release then please contact us and one will be sent return of post.
10JUN10 BBC Radio Leicester – Celtic Fringe…
Many thanks to James McKeefry who played 'Sad Day' from our new album on last night's Celtic Fringe at the BBC.
04JUN10 New T-shirts
New BFCH T-shirts for 2010 are now available in the shop.
02JUN10 BBC Radio Leicester – Celtic Fringe…
'Will You' from our new album was played and a dedication to Mark Robert Loudon who "Loved life, loved Guinness and loved BFCH." Robert died 10th February 2008 aged just 25, a beloved husband, son and brother.
27MAY10 BBC Radio Leicester
Thanks to James & Tina McKeefry Celtic Fringe BBC Radio Leicester which broadcasts across the East Midlands on a Wednesday evening. Celtic Fringe Radio Leicester 104.9FM/DAB Wednesday 26th May 7pm - 9pm. 'Meet The Folks' gets its first airplay with two more tracks to be played in the next two weeks.
02MAY10 New Album
It's been a great week with some grand feedback on the new album. BFCH would like to thank everyone who has emailed about the new CD and favourite songs at the moment seem to be 'Late Lost Souls' and 'Shifts & Changes'. We look forward to seeing the first of a national review in the next issue of Rock & Reel (May/June issue). Albums are available on line and by post. Steve and Joolz would like to thank followers of the band for their support.
02APR10 New Album
Check out our long-awaited new album Shifts & Changes.
22MAR10 YouTube
Have you seen our new video on YouTube?
10MAR10 Mayor's Live Event – Raising money for charities
Our recent gig for The Mayor's charities raised £1200.00. BFCH would like to thank everyone who supported the night.
08JAN10 Single Release
'But It Did' is the first new song to be released off BFCH's sixth original album due for release later this year. The track was has been re-recorded and was produced by Jim Spencer at Chapel Studios, Alford, Lincolnshire in late 2009. Go to and click on 'play' to hear the track.
02JAN10 Gig listing for 2010
The first dates for 2010 have been announced. More dates will be added in the coming weeks.
01JAN10 Happy New Year
Best wishes to all our fans for 2010.
21NOV09 Next Album Release
Thank you to everyone who has contacted us for more information on our forthcoming sixth, original album release. We are pleased to announce that the album is now finished and the hard disk is presently in Manchester where producer Jim Spencer is completing the mixing and mastering.

We had a great time at Chapel Studios recording the songs and the best 10 have been chosen for this next album…which we are still debating on a name for…we will update the site as soon as the album is ready for purchase and look forward to working with the marketing side who will be promoting this release worldwide.

Happy Christmas everyone, thank you for your support in 2009 and our very best wishes for the New Year.
12AUG09 Our sixth album
Jim Spencer will be taking over the studios at Chapel, Alford at the end of October to work with us again on our sixth original album.
22JUN09 Our sixth album
Songs for our sixth album have now been recorded. They have been listened to by a panel of some of the UK's top music producers and producer Jim Spencer is now going to produce two of the songs, 'Meet The Folks' and 'Sad Day', for national release. BFCH are very pleased to be working with Jim who has worked with many of the UK's top recording artists including Oasis, New Order, The Cribs and most recently Johnny Marr & The Charlatans.

Jim will be taking over the studios at Chapel, Alford from 1st to 8th August to work with Joolz, Jock and Mark Frost (who is providing backing vocals to the songs) to make the most of these two songs written by BFCH.
18JUN09 Heckington Show – Going Out Live
BBC Radio Lincolnshire will be covering the Concert Marquee during our one hour performance at the show…so time may be 3.00pm or 3.30pm start depending on how the programming all works…BFCH look forward to seeing and hearing you all at the show.
30MAR09 Gig updates
Dates are updated regularly so please keep an eye on the gig list.
11MAR09 Woodland Waters Gig 14MAR09
There are only very limited tickets now left for this event so please check with venue before travelling.
23FEB09 Song for Liverpool
BFCH front man Steven McLelland has been asked to compose a song for Liverpool Football team.

Jock, The Dawg, Filthy and Mark Frost (backing vocalist) are in the studio today putting down the backing track. Jock is using a song he composed many years ago and has been chanting for some time but wasn't quite sure where he would put it to use…

"Here we are, here we go, on and on Liverpool."

The song is due to be published and released by Cherry Red Records, London later this year.
19FEB09 Siren 107.3FM
If you switched onto Siren FM this afternoon you may have heard Pru interviewing Jock about the forthcoming SLF tour dates and general history of BFCH.

This relatively new radio station (just 3 years old) is doing some interesting work and last week had The Hairy Bikers on the show…well worth tuning in for an alternative to the usual Lincoln radio stations.
27JAN09 EMi visit
Steve casts an eye on one of the display guitarsJock's first visit to EMI Music Publishing in Kensington, West London.
10JAN09 Stiff Little Fingers Tour 2009
Steve McLelland (left) Jake Burns (right)For the second year running we will be backing Irish Punk Stars Stiff Little Fingers on their 2009 national tour starting at The Canteen, Barrow on Thursday 19th March 2009.

"We are really pleased to have this opportunity again, our music was well received last year and it is great that we have got even more dates on the tour for 2009", said Steve (seen here with Jake Burns [SLF] backstage at Rock City, Nottingham on the 2008 tour).

27DEC08 Gig listing for 2009
The first dates for 2009 have been announced. More dates will be added in the coming weeks.
06DEC08 Champions
Thanks to Organ Magazine and Resonance FM for playing 'Champions', here is what they had to say…
THE BAND FROM COUNTY HELL – Champions (Cherry Red) You didn't think my first show since Moscow was going to pass without a bit of Redness did you. A small slice of Pogues style whisky-fuelled Irish punk/folk and some classic song writing – We're Champions, We're Champions, We're Ch-a-mpions, We're Champions and we're Manchester United…Come on, it was only a minute of it to mask the colourfully "industrial" language at the start of that Faux Pride track…just be thankful I wasn't on air last week!
30NOV08 Santa Claus
Thank you to all the radio stations that are giving us airplay this month on our BFCH original Xmas track 'Santa Claus'. We have had quite a few emails this week from around the UK and beyond asking exactly what the lyrics are all about so the question was put to the BFCH song writing team of McLelland & McLelland.

Says Jock McLelland, 'Well it's simple, it's about a guy who has too much to drink, does a robbery without 'her indoors' finding out and whilst he is sunning himself in the Costa Packet he meets up with Santa Claus who has hit hard times in the credit crunch so he gives him a fiver and a bottle of stout.' – Ummm, this is hard enough to understand in English never mind us answering to our Portuguese listeners.

Happy Xmas season everyone and come and join us at The Axe and The Barge for our seasonal Xmas gigs.
16AUG08 Fordham Festival Reviews
Truly a fantastic fest. Music was spot on. Came for Symarip, who did not disappoint. Also loved Dub Cats, Band From County Hell, Them Is Me, Crashed Out, and loads more. Was'nt Neville great!. Special thanks to Angie, Neil and guy who gave my boys and i lift to Ely station, did'nt ask his name. Also security who were superb, even taking me and my boys backstage to meet ska legends Roy Ellis and Monty Naismith. Made my lads w/e. Will almost certainly come again. Anyone that did'nt enjoy it must be pretty sad. Real value for money. In a word GREAT.

DAVID WEBSTER [With 2-tone trilby], 14 August 2008, Taunton, Somerset.
24JUL08 Boston's Party in the Park – from the Boston Standard…
MY FAMILY and I attended Party in the Park on Saturday and we had a great time – so much so that we returned on the Sunday and again really enjoyed ourselves. I thought the bands were all great, especially The Band from County Hell.

The organisation of the event was spot-on and I think Boston should be really proud of the event. I spoke to lots of people who enjoyed themselves.

I can't believe anyone can complain about having to pay to get in. We paid £5 for a whole weekend's entertainment. I'd like to say a big thank you and well done to the organisers.

21APR08 Our music continues to travel…
It's that time of year when we find out where our albums and music are being played and used and these are just some of the corners of the world where BFCH has reached over this last six months: Canada, Hungary, Wales, Japan, Poland, The Netherlands, USA TV & Cable and Taiwanese (Must) General & Broadcasting.

But the usage that really made us chuckle is good auld 'Santa Claus' for UK Aerobics & Keep Fit…off our album 'Do these things happen to you?'…it's a cracker.

Thank you to everyone who requests and uses our work.
24MAR08 St Parick's Day…17MAR08
Fifth Avenue, NYCThank you to NBC News, New York for playing our music as part of the music for the 247th St Pats Celebration in New York City. Our latest album 'Ghosts & Spirits' was played during the parade and broadcast by NBC.
The St Pats Parade marched up Fifth Avenue clan by clan, from 44th to 86th streets. Since 1762, it remains faithful to its roots as a true marchers' parade by not allowing floats, automobiles or other commercial aspects onto the parade route itself.
17FEB08 The Pogues
We would like to thank Jeremy from The Agency Group for helping to broker a deal to perform with The Pogues in New York this March 08, however, it isn't going to come to fruition this March but followers of the band will be pleased to know that the door is now firmly open for the future of BFCH with The Pogues' management.
To everyone who contacted us about the NYC gigs and the many followers who were going to make the trip to NYC we send our thanks.

Stiff Little Fingers
We have now confirmed three dates with Stiff Little Fingers for March 2008 and tickets are now on sale so we hope to see some of you there.
08JAN08 Gig listings for 2008
2008 looks like you're all in for a real treat. Initial dates have now been announced.
19DEC07 Santa Claus…the next Xmas #1
'Santa Claus' (from our album 'Do These Things Happen To You?) was played on Frank Hennessy's 'Celtic Heartbeat' on BBC Radio Wales on Saturday Night (15DEC07).
This link takes you to the show – BBC Radio Wales (listen again no longer available).
14DEC07 The Day My Granny Died…
…a new addition on YouTube and we wish all our followers a very Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year and we hope to see them all at The Jolly Brewer to see-in 2008.
12DEC07 BFCH 2008
We'll be announcing our 2008 gig list sometime in early January after we've sobered up from the New Year festivities!
08DEC07 Reaching out to 38 million Poles!
Fans over in Poland have been well impressed by our music and have recently reviewed two of our albums…
Do these things happen to you? – review
In My Mind – review
…you may need to brush up your Polish first!
04DEC07 BFCH at The Barge & Bottle…
Get yourselves into the Xmas spirit and see the full BFCH lineup from 9pm 'til finish – there will be no support acts on this occasion.
19NOV07 YouTube
See videos of some BFCH classics on YouTube.
22OCT07 Grantham Guildhall
There are only a few tickets left for our show at The Guildhall on Saturday. Please telephone the Box Office (01476) 406158 and check on availability before travelling.
15AUG07 ONE BIG DAY on 18AUG07…
BFCH will not be appearing at the event due to the withdrawal of the Outside stage on the insistance of the police..... BFCH, however, are in discussions with the organisers to stage a benefit concert at the Social Club for later in the year. The One Big Day event will be going ahead as planned with the exception of six of the planned bands, but 10 of the scheduled acts will perform in the Club House throughout the day. All other attractions will take place as advertised.
Statement by Neil Mackie on behalf of the organising committee.
09AUG07 Following the The Rhythm Festival at Twinwood Arena here are some recent postings from their forum…
LITEL – Did anyone else see these guys??
They rammed the other stage, absolutley fab! Definetley deserve a slot on the mian stage next year jim!
BATTYBIRD – they were fantastic, def one of my highlights !! Really hope they on again next year
LEVELLERS – I thought they were superb, but having followed them for the past 10 or 15 years, am unlikely to say anything else! I thought they coped really well with the impromptu acoustic part of the set when the icecream parlour next door plugged in a duff freezer & blew the trip – Well worth booking them again next year & their performance at Wychwood in June certainly shows they can handle a main stage slot.
SHAUN BRENNAN – Amazing weekend me and my nephew had a great time from the friendley amotsphere (thanks to my neibour for the loan of electric pump after my lilo went down friday and other neibour for helping a large drunk man and my chaty 9 year old nephew take our tent down sun night at 1am) my highlights:
Band from county hell
tiny tin lady
prince buster (now my nephews fave)
new york fund
lisa knapp
scaccou(however you spell them)
and not havin my wife there to stop me buying a leather hat (looking like the most unprobable cowboy)
only dissapointment steve harley (but josh played football and i increaced my alcohol level still feeling the aftermath of). well done jim bring on 2008.
LUVLEVS – I agree with Levellers, we saw them at Wychwood they were on the main stage 2 bands before The Levellers. These two bands alone would sell me a ticket to Rhythm fest. Absolutley superb! BFCH were definetley a highlight for all of my family – my little boy even roped me into buying a t shirt! Please book BFCH and levellers again for next year! Maybe even on the same night! BFCH go on main stage just before Levellers set on the friday night again! What a perfect start to the weekend!
07JUL07 More news after the success of The Wychwood Festival…
See Joolz and Ben on YouTube and The Big Ask supporting Friends Of The Earth.
14JUN07 Here are some comments that are now coming through about the success of The Wychwood Festival…

Highlights for me were…Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3, Band From County Hell, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Camera Obscura, Afro Celts, Sub Giant, Badly Drawn Boy and of course The FLC. Didn't hear any bad music, but the above mentioned were particular highlights. Roll on Wychwood 4.
The Irish Group – Wychwood Festival Forums.

Does anyone else agree that friday night was the best?
A great start with The Band From County Hell who had the youngest performer at Wychwood this year, he was only 16 and looks like the next jon sevink! Excellent! Next was Ian Hunter this took me back to the days when i used to listen to him with his band mott the hoople, this i thoroughly enjoyed! Next were Robin Hitchcock and the Venus 3 who were just superb shame mr stipe didnt make an appearance though!Finally the band of the festival for me, The Levellers pulled out all their hits and were just absolutley superb, people of all ages were dancing away! What a great festival!
Bigmac – Wychwood Festival forums.

There is also Joolz on the Friends of the Earth 'The Big Ask Review' of Wychwood Festival.
04JUN07 BFCH complete another busy weekend of successful gigs.
28APR07 Irnham Beer Festival has been CANCELLED for 2007 – The Griffin Inn and grounds are for sale due to the owners retiring.
BFCH would like to thank everyone who has supported The Irnham Beer Festival over the last 10 years…it was a fine example of how an event can grow from something very small to literally people coming from all over the UK to a tiny hamlet in 'County hell'…year-on-year more and more people have attended, and to be honest, the number of people camping and attending has now outgrown the size and facilities at the venue.
BFCH would like to wish Jim, Majorie and Barry the very best and thank them for some wonderful times and memories of The Irnham Beer Festival – the event that resulted in the BFCH song 'I'm never gonna drink that stuff again' – cheers guys, enjoy your retirement and thank you.
15APR07 BFCH to play the Main Stage on Friday, 1st June at the Wychwood Music Festival, Cheltenham Racecourse.
There will be more details announced but bands already confirmed include:
 Levellers  Fun Lovin Criminals  Afro Celt Sound System  Rodrigo y Gabriela  Badly Drawn Boy  Ba Cissoko  Robyn Hitchcock and the Venus 3  Camera Oscura   Shooglenifty  Eliza Carthy  Adajas  Ian Hunter  Camera Obscura  Go Lem System  Ben Taylor  Balkan Beat Box  Kitty Daisy and Lewis  Tobia Froberg  Magic Skool Bus  Zion Train  Tom Hingley  Rory Mcleod  Acoustika Shankar  Transglobal Underground  Aziz Ibrahim  Etran Finatawa
05APR07 Spilsby Theatre – Saturday 7th April 2007
Please note there are now just a few seats left for this show so please check with the Box Office 01790 752936 before travelling.
17MAR07 St Patrick's Day
This evening 17MAR07 a phone will ring in a tenement flat in Possil Park, Glasgow. At 9.40pm The Band From County Hell will be headlining at The Drill Hall, Lincoln to a full house and the song being sung will be 'TheDay My Granny Died'.

Granny McDougall will hear her grandson Jock McLelland playing the song he wrote for her four years ago when she had a massive heart attack. She will hear the music, hear the words and hear the crowd celebrate her life and her love for her grandson…and she will shed a few tears and know that he is thinking of her.

People come and people go along life's way but those who bring you up, love you and always support you are never forgotten. Jock McLelland owes his best quality to his Granny…contentment and the ability to appreciate living every day.

God Bless Granny McDougall, March 2007.
The Band From County Hell.
12MAR07 Woody's only have a few tickets left for our St Pat's gig on 16MAR07 so please telephone and check before travelling.

Our St Pat's gig at The Drill Hall on 17MAR07 is now SOLD OUT and only taking names for cancellations so please telephone and check before travelling.

10MAR07 Latest update from our gig at The Rhythm Festival in Bedford:
This really is an event not to be missed. Easy to get to now the A421 is finished and what a lineup…

Confirmed artists (so far) in alphabetical order:
 Alabama 3  Dr John (USA)  Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel  Hothouse Flowers (Ire)  Seth Lakeman  Levellers  John Mayall & The Blues Breakers (USA)  Prince Buster (Jamaica)
 Band From County Hell  The Beat  The Blockheads  Buick 6  Barry Cryer & Ronnie Golden  Dr Feelgood  Eddie & The Hot Rods  Dean Friedman (USA)  Iain Matthews  The Men They Couldn't Hang  Richie Milton & The Lowdown  John Otway/Wild Willy Barrett Reunion  Dave Pegg/PJ Wright  Terry Reid (USA)  Neville Staple (ex-Specials)  SKAcousticA (Dave Wakeling, Rhoda Daka, Nick Welsh, Jenny Belle Star)  3 Daft Monkeys  Tiny Tin Lady  The Turns  King Naat Veliov's Original Kokani Orkestra (Macedonia)  Waking The Witch  The Yardbirds  Stan Webb's Chicken Shack

Buy Weekend Tickets: Adults £89.

Make sure you keep a watchful eye on our Gig Guide as more details are announced and updated.

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The Band From County Hell...still kickin' the arse out of it!