Montana Rain, Americana / Country & Western / Hoedown Band based in Sussex, UK
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Americana / Country & Western / Hoedown Band

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"People are still talking about it and will be for a long time I think! A good time was had by all."

We specialise in American themed functions, and can customise our act to help you put together an event that all your guests will enjoy. Dance, listen or sing along to great country songs, or follow our dance caller and line up for great fun square dances to old-time fiddle and banjo tunes. Smiles are guaranteed!

Montana Rain brings together Sussex singer Nicola Rain and husband John (Bass) with barn dance folk duo Pete and Mannie McClelland, and lead guitarist Terry Bickers.

We offer Hoe Downs, Line Dances, Barn Dances, Square Dances (with a live caller to teach you the dances), Songs and Tunes in whatever combination suits your event best. If you're planning an American or Country and Western themed party or event, give us a call to find out more about what Montana Rain can do for you.

COME AND SEE US AT THE WORTHING BLUES ROOTS AND BEER FESTIVAL 2013 at 4:00pm on Sat 28th September. Ring or e-mail the box office say "We're with the band" and you'll get in to see the whole day's music for half price! 01903 206206 - www.worthingtheatres.co.uk

Our varied backgrounds in Indie, Rock and Folk merge with each band member's love of Americana to bring a fresh style to the band's music. The repertoire covers country standards to old time and bluegrass tunes, American folk songs, and modern day country and western favourites.

Terry Bickers is a member of 80's cult indie band House of Love and still tours worldwide, Pete and Mannie have played many folk festivals and leading arts venues with their folk bands Blackthorn and ThingumaJig, John and Nicola specialise in songwriting and also gig with ThingumaJig.


A few songs (studio) for free
Give them a minute to download, they should play automatically.
Take it Easy
Nine to Five
Speed of the Sound of Loneliness
Stay Young
Wagon Wheel
The Weight

And some dance tunes (live)
I Want to be Near You
Cripple Creek / Old Joe Clark

Click here to see a list of the kind of songs we play

Call Pete or Mannie on 01273 455202 to book Montana Rain

Or E-Mail us now pete@mcmail.info

What do we do?

Our usual package includes a selection of dances to suit your party, most often a mix of square and line dances for anyone who wants to join in, with Country songs and traditional American music to accompany and entertain between the called dances. We can vary this to suit you, so just ask for exactly what you want and we'll do our best to provide it!

Feedback:

2013"Dear Pete and all,
This is very long overdue! I wanted to thank you guys for making my 60th so special. You really were a well kept secret! There have been loads of comments as to how good you were by people who were there. I thought you were great! I guess you usually do occasions/ functions but if you are ever gigging in a pub or somewhere we can come and just enjoy your music please put us on the email list, ...Thanks again."

2013"Pete
I had the most fantastic evening yesterday. Everyone had fab time. Thank you for letting me sing with you ....Please thank all the band members."

2013"Hi Pete,
hope you all got home safely, thanks for a brilliant night and thanks for the video."

2013 "it was all brill - everything went fine - Montana Rain were brill and came up with the goods"

2013"Hi Pete
Thanks for playing, we've had some good feed back and will hopefully see you again in 2014"

"Dear Pete and the band
Thank you so very much for a great evening on Friday. My mum and all the guests had a fabulous time and all commented on how great you were and very patient! I think I may have started a trend, so watch this space for some more bookings! Many thanks."

"Thank you for all of your efforts yesterday and all of your hard work. Everyone seemed to enjoy the dancing and it was great to have you all there. Again thank you and let's do keep in touch."

(from our agent) "Yes, we've had great feedback for you so thanks for that! If we can pass some more bookings your way we will do"

"A massive thank you for the most excellent night of entertainment ... We thought you were perfect and are so glad we found you. Please will you pass our thanks to the other members of the band, you were all great and very talented musicians. An extra thank you for learning our song, that was very special. People are still talking about it and will be for a long time I think! A good time as had by all."

"[The client] raved about Montana Rain so thank you very much! They said they were excellent so please pass this on to them."

Reportoire:

Montana Rain's repertoire covers a broad range of styles and genres, and includes music from Dolly Parton, The Eagles, Don Williams, Roger Miller, Johnny Cash, Joni Mitchell, The Mavericks, Lonestar, Tom Paxton, Nancy Griffith, Tammy Wynette, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Band, Glen Campbell, John Denver, Woody Guthrie, Van Morrison, Shania Twain, Roy Orbison, The Doors, Jimmy Hendrix, The Pogues and many more, as well as the odd bit of original material, and a good selection of traditional American tunes. We're always happy to learn something new, so if you have any particular requests, please ask!