Skiffle, Hillbilly and Rock 'n' Roll!!!

Roots music from deepest, darkest Norfolk, UK. Playing whatever the hell they like with banjo, double bass, guitar and sometimes even a fiddle, washboard and drums in the mix too! A primitive hybrid of folk, skiffle, bluegrass and rock ‘n’ roll.

Fun Fun Fun!

The band has a reputation for it’s laid back and very good natured approach to performing and knows how to crank the gears up when the situation demands it playing everything from traditional folk, country and blues from the early 1900s to wild skiffle covers of modern pop, rock and punk songs.

Who are we?

Once the core of long running and popular skiffle band, The Ugly Dog Skiffle Combo, Rob John (Banjo & Vocals), Steve Mason (Double Bass & Vocals) and Wayne Beauchamp (Guitar/Manolin & Vocals) started playing smaller venues where an 8 piece band (Ugly Dog) wouldn’t fit or wasn’t appropriate. Since late 2016 when they started, the Hillbilly Goats Gruff went on to play many gigs and regularly invite other, like minded, musicians to join in on performances depending on circumstances and space. Regularly having the addition of the drummer Geoff Cooper as well as several other fiddle, mandolin and guitar players.
Hillbilly Goats Gruff at North Walsham Beer Festival 2023 - Chris Pyrah

Hillbilly Goats Gruff at North Walsham Beer Festival 2023 – Photo: Chris Pyrah