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

Americana / Country & Western / Hoedown Band


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

Americana / Country & Western / Hoe-down Band based in Sussex

We specialise in American themed parties and functions, and can customise our act to help you put together an event that you and all your guests will enjoy and remember. Dance, listen or sing along to great country songs, or follow our dance caller and line up for line dances, square 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.

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

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: 2018
"Just to say a huge THANK YOU for entertaining us all on Monday and for your hard work! All the staff had a brilliant time and loved the music and dancing. They could be a tough crowd to please, but as you could see they were clearly up for it ! Hope you have a great run up to Christmas with lots of fun gigs, and a Happy and Healthy New Year. Best wishes"

Hi Liz - and the rest of the band! "Thank you so much for a wonderful night of fun and dancing on Saturday. Everyone, and I mean everyone, said how enjoyable it was. Some are now even looking at taking up line-dancing! Once again thank you for a great night, I hope that I can find another reason to be able to use you in the not so distant future. Kind regards"

Hi Pete "Thanks a million for the fantastic entertainment at my 40th party last night. I think it's safe to say everyone had a great time. I had so much positive feedback today about the music. You were all amazing and I am delighted I booked your band. Thank you again. Kind regards"

Hi Pete "Thank you very much for the great music you played on Saturday. I had such a good time and my guests have said what a fantastic time they also had. It was so much fun! Please thank the whole band for me. Hope to use you again in the future."

"Thank you to all your band for putting on such an excellent show for us. If we ever have another Western style event we will definitely be in touch! Kind regards."

"Thank You "Montana Rain". Expert calling, wonderful music. My guests loved it!"

2017 "to our caller Liz
"The Compton Square Dance has been a village institution for over 50years and a great event for family and firends to get together and have fun, whilst raising funds for local charities. With the introduction of Liz three years' ago, the Square Dance is enjoying a new lease of life, with more people than ever dancing to Liz's infectious encouragement and dynamic calling, accompanied by the highly accomplished band Montana Rain. We hope to book Liz and Montana Rain again for 2018. Jo Giffen, Chairman, Compton Recreation Ground Committee."

2016 "Dear Pete
"A great success. It was our first effort to do a Country and Western Evening, and the music was much appreciated. A big thank you to you and the band for helping 4th June to be a success. Best wishes and again, many thanks to you and the band, from Carolyn and the Kent team."

2016 "Hi Pete
Just a quick note to thank you for such a great night on Saturday. Loads of people have been shouting your praises to me and wondering how I got so lucky, finding you. Seeing the barn, all quiet and back to normal, seems very weird. Anyway, can't wait for my 60th! All the best,"

2015 "Hi Pete
We all had a great evening thanks to you guys. We have had a lot of feedback on how much fun the whole evening was. It’s my 40th in five years….Best wishes to you all"

2015 "Many thanks Pete...
You all really made the evening. Everyone just loved you all...thank you and hope to see you again."

2015 to our caller Liz
"What a wonderful evening! I’m sorry not to have written before now, but this is my first opportunity for saying a big thank you to you and the band for an excellent evening’s entertainment last Saturday. Everyone, who has passed comment to me, said what a vast improvement Montana Rain was compared with our previous band, and from your results of getting people up and moving, I can only endorse that commendation! .....I look forward to contacting you early in 2016 to book you for next year’s Square Dance. With very best regards"

2014 (to our agent),
"Just a note to say how good Montana Rain were on Saturday.They were terrific and I would recommend them to anybody .Thank you for all your help. Kind regards,"

2014 "Hello Pete,
What can we even say!? How fabulous was last night!? You guys were amazing and we had such a great time. We've had fabulous feedback and everyone wants to know when we are having another Hoedown (for which we will of course book you guys again). You were all fabulous. Such talented musicians and a real sense of good fun! Thank you so much for playing our requests and also to the caller who made the dances brilliant - we all had so much fun! I hope that you enjoyed it and that you found us a good crowd. We will, I'm sure, be in touch again.Thank you to you all,"

2014 "
Thank you so much for playing at my birthday party! We had a brilliant time, you were all very good and the caller was lovely. Everybody really enjoyed the evening"

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."


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!

Montana Rain is partnered with Hop Till You Drop Live Music Agency, a source for great wedding and party bands in the UK.