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If you’re looking for a more folky vibe to your February, Police Dog Hogan will be coming to City Hall in Salisbury on Saturday 25.

Police Dog Hogan are a high-energy and eclectic eight-piece, combining fiddle, banjo, trumpet, mandolin, drums and guitars with knockout four-part harmonies in an exuberant and genre-defying fusing of country, pop, folk, and rocking urban bluegrass.

The Sunday Times has described them as “wonderful”, Radio 2 called them “a band to watch”, the Telegraph has them as “one of our favourite new bands”, and veteran DJ Johnnie Walker praises their gigs as “just a really good time”.

The band formed in 2009, a loose collection of friends who over the years had written and performed in a variety of guises and came together anew out of a simple desire to make music again.

Life had intervened in the shape of day jobs and families – banjo player Tim Dowling is a much-loved columnist for The Guardian, singer James Studholme runs the Blink production company, responsible, among other things, for the John Lewis Christmas ads. So when the new musical adventure began it was with no thought other than to write songs, play for pleasure, and to have plenty of fun on the way.

However, what started as a hobby, albeit one that was passionately and wholeheartedly indulged, began to take on a life and momentum of its own.

Small pub and village hall shows quickly gave way to bigger venues as word of their joyful and rousing live shows spread; Grapevine, a respected and demanding booking agency came on board, attracted by the quality of the song-writing and the band’s increasingly obvious live appeal.

To book reserved seats on the tier please select your seats from the seat map.Seating on the flat floor around cabaret tables are sold as unreserved.

Tickets: £15*

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