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Dr Bluegrass and the Illbilly 8



  • 5 piece foot stompin' bluegrass band
  • Can expand to 8 for when there's just not enough stomp
  • Wide repertoire covering traditional bluegrass, gospel, country, Irish folk, through to rock, pop and dance music.
  • DJ option available.
  • Songs learnt on request - any song you want, bluegrass style!


The band are based in Brighton but are willing to travel anywhere in the UK or Europe.

Standard Set Times

  • 2 x 45 minute sets

About this Act

Foot stompin', thigh slappin' bluegrass from the deep south (of England).

Formed in the winter of 2009, Dr Bluegrass and the Illbilly 8 draw inspiration from a wide range of unusual sources for their unique choice of songs. Everything from traditional bluegrass and gospel, to Irish folk, pop and rock ensures that there is something for all ages, played with an energy and virtuosity that belies their young age.

Available for hire for hoedowns, shindigs, hootenannys and barn dances.

Set List

AC/DC - You shook me all night long,
Proclaimers - 500 miles
Cld crow medicine show - tell it to me
Gillian welch - Caleb myer
Anon - take this hammer
Joni Mitchell - Big yellow taxi.
Dick Burnett/Trad - Man of constant sorrow
The Beatles - Saw her standing there
Johnny Cash - Fulsom prison blues
Anon - I'll fly away
Gnarls Berkley - Crazy
Dolly Parton - Jolene
The Animals - House of the rising sun
Firefly soundtrack - Jayne
Jello Biafra - Are you drinking with me jesus
Dire Straits - Money for nothing
Guns N roses - Paradise city
Anon - Chicken song
White stripes - Hotel Yorba
Janis Joplin - Mercedes Benz
Anon - in my time of dying
Anon - Clinch mountain backstep
Anon - Blackberry blossom
Flatt and Scruggs - foggy mountain breakdown
Anon - Will the circle be unbroken
Lynrd Skynrd - sweet home alabama
Fat boy Slim - Praise you
Anon - Leaving of Liverpool
Anon - Wild rover
Anon - Man you dont meet everyday
Bob Dylan - It aint me babe
Hank Thompson - Hey mr bartender
The Pogues - Fairy tale of New York
Gillian Welsh - Oh miss Ohio
Gillian Welsh - I wanna sing that rock and roll
Louis Prima - I wanna be like you
Deliverance soundtrack - Duelling Banjos
Queen - Fat bottom girls
Jace Everett - Bad Things
Irish traditional - Whisky you're the devil
Irish traditional - Tell me ma
Irish traditional - fox hunters reel
Steve Earl - Carrie Brown
AC/DC - Highway to Hell
Anon - Cherokee shuffle
The Special AKA - Free Nelson Mandela
Joni Mitchell - Big Yellow Taxi
Hank Perry - Bloodshot Eyes
Anon - Hang me
Paulo Nutini - Pencil full of lead
Johnny Cash - Jackson

Dr Bluegrass - Winter's coming around
Dr Bluegrass - Oh these
Dr Bluegrass - Where I'm heading
Dr Bluegrass - pass the bottle
Dr Bluegrass - some things you do
Dr Bluegrass - Chris' song
Dr Bluegrass - Brooklyn in the rain


  • 5 piece band - guitar, banjo, double-bass, percussion, fiddle.
    Slide guitar, harmonica, accordion, mandolin and saxophone are optional extras.


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