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About The Hawthornes

“A welcome intrusion to the British Folk scene” – Mike Harding, Folk Radio UK

The Hawthornes are a lively indie folk band from Cheltenham, England. Combining beautiful female vocals, tight three part harmonies, driving trumpet, guitar, bass, and cajon, The Hawthornes play an eclectic set covering a wide variety of styles and genres. With a strong back catalogue of original songs and a sprinkling of excellent covers, The Hawthornes are perfect for any occasion, and have gained a reputation for delivering a powerful live show, combining thoughtful soft melodies with upbeat powerful anthems that stay with their audience for weeks.

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We supported The Hoosiers! That's right, you've heard of them! I'll save you the trouble. Here is the track of theirs you'll know (or this one!).

We have also supported The Phil Beer Band! That's right, folk royalty (or mafia) himself! We followed him and his loyal band of miscreants around for all of May 2017. It was quite the adventure, and we played some fantastic venues to genuinely appreciative crowds which is always a real treat.

We've also supported Three Daft Monkeys, The Roving Crows, Terry & Jerry, Babajack and the Gerry Colvin Band. We have ingratiated stages at Lakefest, Y Not, New Forest Folk, Stratford River,  and Amplified Festivals. We are a real band, honest! We can actually play and people seem to like it. Quick! Book us before somebody else does!

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Members

Louisa Gaylard

Louisa started singing and playing guitar at a young age. From early on she was performing her self penned songs in and around her home town of Ipswich. She released 2 albums before going away to study at the Academy of Contemporary music at the age of 16. It was here she met Jesse and things took a diabolical turn for the worse. Louisa then escaped the bright lights of the city and found herself in deepest darkest Cheltenham. After a brief stint in the circus Louisa, Jesse and Gordy started the Hawthornes.

Member - Louisa Gaylard playing guitar and main vocals

Member - Jesse Benns on cajon

Jesse Benns

Jesse started playing drums at 14 years old, drumming for various Punk bands around Gloucestershire. After discovering percussion can be much easier to transport, Jesse began playing acoustic music more frequently, working as a session musician with various Folk acts and becoming an official endorsed artist for Lion Cajons before forming the Hawthornes with Louisa and Gordy. Then things took a diabolical turn for the worse.

Gordy Partridge

Gordy started playing guitar at 12 and decided to specialise in bass when he was 18. He featured in local bands such as Company Jones, Lotus, Tinderbox and the Tala Harper Trio plus too many cover bands to name, but hey ho, that's where the money is. Gordy spends his days involved in teaching music therapy at a SEN school. In his spare time he has taken to drinking and gambling heavily. The Hawthornes formed in 2013, shortly before things took a diabolical turn for the worse.

Member - Gordy Partridge on bass and backing vocals

Member - Gregory Wilson-Copp on trumpet and backing vocals

Greg Wilson-Copp

Greg started playing at the age of 7 and grew up in the brass bands of Cheltenham and Gloucestershire. Since leaving university where he studied Music Technology, Greg has been in a multitude of bands. Things eventually took a diabolical turn for the worse. He now resides with the Hawthornes while running his own studio (Sound Shack Studios) and a PA company (Big Friendly Audio), as well as the relentless pursuit of the secret to eternal youth and immortality.