News 2017.

Here's what the band will be up doing this year:

Hayley has released a new CD "New Songs For Nasville", a collection of self penned songs, performed by Hayley and Friends, and is planning a return to Nashville.
2016 saw us celebrating our 10th year together...yes a whole decade! There have been some great times but the trip to Nashville in 2009 must be the highlight.

Being asked to play at The Station Inn by Missy Raines has to be the highlight ..so far.

For us all it was a great learning experience...especially for Mike who was lucky enough to have lessons with some of the greatest dobro players,not least Rob Ickes and Randy Khors.

We are now wondering what the next decade might bring !!

AND you can now see what the guys get up to on our NEW Flickr site !

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20162016 has been, arguably, the best year yet for the trio. A wealth of gigs, theatre shows, festivals, wedding celebrations, radio appearances and to top it all three live gigs in Nashville. We flew to Nashville at the end of August and with thanks to our supporters there, Cissy & Mike Millsopp, we played at two singer/songwriters concerts in the city singing songs composed by Hayley. (see below). We were also fortunate in being asked to play with a new young Nashville trio called The Erabellas ( www.erabellas.com ).
Hayley had spent the long winter months penning an amazing selection of songs which, after much hard work, she recorded in the autumn. With friends Stewart Aitkin on bass guitar, Chris Bell on drums, and Britgrass three members John Bates on banjo and Mike King on dobro the final CD was truly a Hayley Moyses and friends product. The CD is called “New Songs For Nashville” and features the song “New Shoes for Nashville”. Details of the CD are on this site and it's available through AMAZON, Itunes, Spotify etc.
Individually it has also been a rewarding and busy time. Hayley is well and truly established in her own right as a solo singer/entertainer and is regularly playing to audiences across the county. She is sought after by many established care homes where she is seen as a true asset. She is returning to Nashville in February to publicise the CD and the songs.
Mike has also been in demand. In April he was asked to play banjo on BBC Radio 4’s afternoon play entitled “Beyond Endurance”. The play, based on Ernest Shackleton’s men survival on Elephant Island after their ship Endurance was crushed by the pack ice, was certainly a first for Mike. Then in June he was asked to play solo banjo at Westminster Abbey at the Shackleton centenary service. With the host of dignitaries present Mike confesses that he had never ever been so nervous.
John continues to be in demand as a banjo teacher and this year has been successful in being part of the brewing team at Woodfordes Brewery in Norfolk
So from all of we Britgrass Three it is a huge thanks to you all for your support during the year and we look forward to seeing you in 2017, the 11th year we have been together.
Happy New Year!!

2015Another great year for the band or trio as we are now. It was probably the busiest ever for us with gigs all over the region. We were so pleased to be invited to take part in the 2015 Folk on the Pier Festival, Cromer where we played the main stage as well as a fringe concert in a local pub. It was a great day for us with such a marvellous response from our audiences. The summer saw us playing many festivals throughout the county and beyond which culminated with our appearance at the Norwich Beer Festival in October. Once again a huge thank you to all at The Fat Cat Brewery Tap for asking us to play…those Sunday afternoon sessions are just wonderful. This year saw us at a new regular gig, The Murderers & Gardeners Arms , Norwich, It’s been a great gig so its many thanks to Phil and all the team there.
Hayley returned to the U.S. and to Nashville in particular, for both a vacation as well as some research for the, still planned, new CD of her original compositions. We are still working on a music project which may see us working with the Arts Council and returning to the U.S. for more research.
At the end of the year we were asked to play The Corn Exchange, Kings Lynn. It was a great evening which fell on the day of a significant birthday celebration for Mike. It was a wonderful evening and Mike was really knocked out by the audience singing Happy Birthday to him. Johnny was on fire that night picking some of the finest music ever!!

2014 It was the eighth birthday of the band, and the year began with some great gigs seeing the guys playing all over the country.The Fat Cat Brewery Tap,on Lawson Road,in Norwich,has proved to be a wonderful venue for the band, and regular Sunday afternoon gigs have grown in popularity, the pub being packed out with a great audience.
The band played a few festivals this year,culminating in the popular Reepham festival in Norfolk.It was a wonderful summer's afternoon with a sell out crowd.
Another tremendous experience was the band's appearance at the Norwich Hostry's Festival "Norfolk Home Companion" with guests guitarist Lee Vasey, and the producer and vocalist Rebecca Chapman...another sell out performance.
One of the highlights of the year was meeting Cissy & Mike Millsopp from Nashville, Tennessee, who gave great support and sponsorship to the band, and who are planning to tour the band in the US in 2015.
Regular "Nashville Nights" at The Watermark in Holt also made it a special year.
Sadly 2014 saw bass player Sarah leaving the band after some 5 years of being a valued member, and after much thought the remaining three decided to stay as a trio, and HAYLEY MOYSES' BRITGRASS THREE was born.
Hayley,Johnnie and Mike send their thanks and best wishes to all of you, and hope to see you again soon in 2015!

2013 Celebration Evening for Thanksgiving at The Assembly House 28th Nov. Bird in Hand, Wrenningham Nov 22nd. The Ploughshare Beeston 8th Nov.THE NORWICH BEER FESTIVAL 30th Oct.OULTON BROAD BEER FESTIVAL 27th Sept. Walnut Tree Shades 8th Sept. Various gigs at the above from January to September.

2012 In it's sixth year,the band looked forward to working further afield, with other well known musicians in support, by forming a working relationship with Norwich based promotions outfit ACOUSTICS PROMOTIONS,as "Bluegrass Productions".

Concerts staged at Norwich's Assembly House included: The Coal Porters on the 10th of March, Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham (from BBC4's "Transatlantic Session") on the 22nd of March , and Martin Taylor & Martin Simpson on the 21st of April. The new album was now made available on itunes.

2011 The band are back in the recording studio with Owen Morgan to record another 12 tracks for their new album "NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL BRITGRASS", coming out later in the year, with some great new numbers and a few originals from Hayley's songbook.

They played at the Cathedral Hostry late in the year after a busy summer season of festivals,weddings,parties,and playing mainstage at CROMER'S FOLK ON THE PIER.

2010 The Bluegrass Forum enjoyed another busy year playing festivals,weddings,parties,beer festivals and other public venues involving alcoholic refreshment.

They put together a vast new variety of feisty numbers ranging from the emotional to the usual foot stomping style.Rehearsals are always good fun with much red wine and SLEWFOOT BEER consumed with various pastry items thrown in. The band went out to Leeder's Farm studio and recorded six new tracks in the autumn with Owen Morgan, and the tracks are played regularly on BBC Radio Norfolk, and can now be listened to on YOUTUBE. The guys were asked to host a Nashville Night at the Assembly House, which was a very successful sell out.[...]

2009. The band got together in it's present line up and promptly recorded "FROM NORFOLK TO NASHVILLE", just prior to a successful trip to Nashville in November.

Charles M King was invited to attend the Resophonic Summit in Nashville where he was the only Englishman there. The band got to play in some amazing places and made some good contacts.Some tracks from the "From N to N" album are still featured in the country charts out there, and played on US radio stations worldwide.