The Bogues (Pogues Tribute Band)

The Bogues (Pogues Tribute Band)

The Bogues is a San Francisco based 8-10-piece Pogues celebration band founded by Bay Area songwriter and British Isles transplant Paul Griffiths."With our singing, bouzouki, tin whistle, banjo, accordion, mandolin, guitar, fiddle, drums, and, when circumstances demand, trombone, we celebrate the genius of Shane MacGowan and The Pogues, inspired by their fiery mix of traditional Irish folk and blood and guts rock 'n' roll; 'the brandy of the damned,' as Tom Waits called them." For their inaugural show on Saint Patrick's night in 2012, San Francisco's Make Out Room invited The Bogues to perform the definitive Pogues album Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash in its entirety. With an ever expanding repertoire, the band has since been invited to play at The Starry Plough in Berkeley, Smiley's Schooner Saloon in Bolinas, Amnesia Music Hall in San Francisco and lots of places in between including numerous private events. The Bogues include many of the Bay Area's finest musicians, and have attracted guest luminaries (and Pogues fans) such as Joshua Raoul Brody (Everyone(!!!) including Robin Williams and Tom Waits),Ralph Carney (Tom Waits/Elvis Costello/Allen Ginsberg) , Kevin T. White (Chuck Prophet), and storyteller Bryan McCaul of Coote Hill, Ireland.

Gayle Lynn and the Hired Hands

A quintessential “Country City Girl”, San Francisco-based singer-songwriter Gayle Lynn was born and raised by the banks of the Ohio River in Louisville, Kentucky. She writes lingering, soulful songs that resonate - whether channeling joy, loss, poignant memories or good ‘ol bourbon-soaked frivolity. The tunes are crafted by seasoned pros playing an eclectic mix of americana, roots, alt-country, folk and rock - with a definite dash of twang. The meaningful songs take you on a ride through the American landscape via straightforward stories about real life and all of its beautiful - sometimes devastating - complexities. Shimmery pedal steel and tastefully crafted guitar licks waltz and two-step alongside Gayle’s emotive vocal stylings on a musical road trip filled with honky-tonks, truck stops, city lights and backcountry pastures.

Gayle Lynn formed the Hired Hands in 2005 with Rik Elswit (Dr. Hook) on guitars, Tom Drohan (Belle Monroe and Her Brewglass Boys) on stand-up bass and Corey Losee (The Shut-ins) behind the drums as an outlet for her folksy, roots-oriented songwriting and the ensemble recorded and released “Just Came Around” described as “18 carat country/folk gems.” – Rootsville. After this release the Hired Hands grew to include Jon Mitguard (Danny Click and Stadler Gibbons Band) on pedal steel and Jeanine Richardson (Zasu Pitts) on percussion, both of whom became an integral part of the sound. The result is a tight group of veteran players who elevate Gayle’s songwriting, giving a beautiful foundation to the lyrics, and drawing you in to reflect on the story
in the song.

With the band’s new release, “Twirl Back Home,” Gayle Lynn and the Hired Hands have found a sound all their own. Gayle’s songs continue to search for life’s truths, while layers added by the Hired Hands go beyond straight-up country and folk sounds. Subtle yet bold in places, the Hired Hands never dominate but still push energy into the songs – more of a rock tune or a jam when needed. Mitguard shines on pedal steel,
never insisting on classic country licks. The album is complemented by many ‘helping hands’ including Austin de
Lone (Bill Kirchen, Nick Lowe) on piano, B-3 organ and Fender Rhodes.

The colorful songs Gayle paints with her lyrics tell tales of small town life, long-ago love, dissolving relationships and
barroom gloom. Her songwriting reflects her influences (Lucinda Williams, John Prine, Gillian Welch, Loretta Lynn,
Outlaw Country legends, Joni Mitchell), but the feel is original, confessional and guided by sweet, catchy melodies. Her writing feels deeply personal at first but has the knack to draw you in. Each song taking on a broader perspective and becoming a situation we’ve all heard of, a hardship we’ve all felt, and by the end of the song you’re wondering if she’s singing about you. Commenting on their first album “Just Came Around”, reviewer Brenda Hough says: “Gayle's songs are like a fine Kentucky bourbon — smooth going down with a little kick at the end to make sure you didn't miss one of life's truths.”

Recalling the Hired Hands’ formation, Gayle reminisces, “I don’t know how this happened; a bunch of awesome musicians playing my tunes and making them sound so beautiful. Now, these folks are my friends, family to me.
What I know for sure is when we play we have fun, feel joy and are happy to be together.”

Gayle Lynn has toured in California, Missouri, Kentucky, St. Louis and Nashville. Bay Area fans have caught Gayle Lynn and the Hired Hands at clubs such as Slim’s, Brick and Mortar, Freight & Salvage, Starry Plough and Café Du Nord and at festivals including the San Francisco Bluegrass and Old Time Festival. In addition to fans who’ve experienced the band live, listeners far-and-wide may recognize the band’s song “Rodeo Queen”, which was featured twice on the acclaimed TV series True Blood and again in the feature-length Orion Pictures movie Youth in Oregon. Gayle Lynn is also well known in the Bay Area as the leader of the Toodala Ramblers - a high energy band that plays bluegrass music for kids and families and has recorded two Parent’s Choice award-winning children’s albums.

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