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Hank Gigs



 

JULY

Saturday 1st
Wangford Trio
Featuring Hank with Spanner Robinson & BJ Cole

Maverick Festival of Americana
Easton Farm Park
Woodbrodge
Suffolk
IP13 0EQ
Runs Friday 30th through Sunday 2nd


Hank will do a set with Spanner Robinson and BJ Cole early Saturday evening then present a Hank Williams tribute through the evening.
Check out their website. www.maverickfestival.co.uk to see whats on offer and to book tickets.You can camp for the weekend or just visit one, two or all three days. Its a real friendly easy going fesival. See what the press have to say, consistently putting it into one of the top festivals in the UK.

 

Friday 28th
The Wangford Bass Combo
plus BJ Cole
Sharing the bill with The Vagaband "Roots In The Woods" at Gresham's The Holt Festival, Holt, Norfolk NR25 6EA.

Up in the glorious countryside ofNorth Norfolkin what we hope will be the high summer at the end of July the Wangford Bass Combo plus BJ Cole are playinh an open air gig in a beautiful natural amphitheatrebin the woods at Gresham's. We are joined the Vagaband, a fine exciting full on dancy roots/Americana Big Band. As wekeep it gloomy the Bass Combo will play first and hand over to The Vagaband for some thigh slapping foot twisting dancing style of fun.
Check details of the festival and where to stay in or near Holt to make a North Norfolk look on Holt Festival website: www.holtfestival.org. Tickets £15 available on the website or by telephone on 01603 598699.

 

Hank onstage at Bridport Electric Palace 2016


Hank Wangford: Save Me The Waltz - new cd


Hank with crutches - May 2017

Hank and Spanner at The Maverick Festival

At all gigs there will be CD copies of Hank’s double 'SAVE ME THE WALTZ' album for sale at a special price of £12. Vinyl junkies will have to wait a little for the gatefold vinyl.

 

Hank and Spanner at the Maverick festival.  Photo credit: Bill Jackson


Hank Trio, Colston hall 24th October 2014

Bill Pickett USA Stamp
Click the image of Bill Pickett to read Hank's lyrics and see a few very rare images of Bill Pickett, The first Black Cowboy.

Watford Tourist Guide
Article in a Watford Tourist Guide from a few years ago....The TOMB of Hank Wangford.. We're pleased to report that HANK is still with us and we'll have new gigs uploaded soon....

Hank on the front cover of HAT Magazine dec 2010

Hank looking dapper in his musical suit: Photo by Trevor Leighton
Photo credit: Trevor Leighton

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No Hall Too Small gig at Newnham

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Hank hat Boeing Duveen - aka - Hank Wangford
Written by Sam Hutt & Lewis Carroll, this 45 was released in 1968 by Parlophone Records. Jabberwock and Which Dreamed It. The single is one of RECORD COLLECTOR'S Top One Hundred psychedelic recordings of all time. They may well both be featured (certainly Jabberwock will be) in a new Cherry Red CD compilation of Psychedelia. More info when we have it....

 

Hank hat Hanks relives a ride in the famous Southern Maid
Hank was guest of honour at the legendary Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Miniature Railway, which he last visited as a child. As a special guest he was allowed to 'sit' in the famous locomotive 'The Southern Maid' and enjoy a wonderful trip in the Royal Carriage on the Southern Maid - a treat indeed for the 'foreveryoung' Hank.

Hank on the Southern Maid, Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Miniature Railway
Hank rides in the royal carriage : Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Miniature Railway

Hank hat Hanks Ticker ...
Finally got Ablated last week.
The cardiac surgeon had a new mapping kit to plot out all the electrical points, good and bad, of my old heart. Very flash and two Cardiologists from Denmark were guests. Once the rogue areas that had been pumping out the wrong rhythms were identified they were burnt out. Mapped and zapped. By special request they didn't destroy the Love Centre or the Misery Centre so I'll be back singing from the dark underbelly of Country Music by mid-March Lungs recovering after over three hours under the anaesthetic and groins healing from the catheter attack. All good at last in Rancho Wangford. 
Regular rhythm - what we call Sinus Rhythm - Rocks! 
As does the wonderful NHS in spite of all the attacks by our terrible government. Here we are post op - note the NHS Salmon & Cucumber Recovery Sandwich. 
Lub dup lub dup lub dup!

 

Hank hat Hi Folks and Hallo 2016!
Hope the turn of the year treated you well. Though we lost Lemmy before the New Year and Bowie just after I guess we should be grateful we’ve still got Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard in spite of all.
What better way of navigating the dark underbelly of Country than with the thump and thud of twin bass guitars drilling their way through sad songs of lost love, breakups and betrayal, the malignant glue of relationships and the sticky end of the divorce court. Singing songs from the Dark Side of life is so much better down in the shadowy sonic world below 150 Hertz. Hank Wangford, the grizzled Godfather of British alt. Country, is joined by two bass players:   Kevin KillaHertz Foster, the Jaco Pastorius of Country music and ex-Doll by Doll is the bass player of the Lost Cowboys. Spanner Subwoofa Robinson the new Chanteuse with the Cowboys and ex-bassiste of The Hallelujah Trails brings her heaven sent harmonies to Hank’s songs.  Together the three explore Country from the bottom up, back to bass basics.  The bass line in any song is mostly felt then forgotten and the Bass Combo seeks to home in on this unsung carrier of sad songs.  The Bass Combo is joined by special guest Brad Bassbin Breath aka Andy Roberts from the Wangford 4.
When misery’s that deep, for a Boombastic Country experience it must be the Wangford Bass Combo.

 

Hank hat HANKS NATIONWIDE APPEAL...
For your Christmas delectation, we have unearthed an archive video from the BBC's Natiowide programme from 1981. The video shows Hank in his daily life and at an early gig at The Pegasus in Stoke Newington, London. Have a great Christmas....

 

 

Hank hat HANKS NEWS
As we hurtle towards the turn of the year there are two events I need to tell you about.  Well three actually. Hank & Brad are slipping over to Walthamstow then Hank is doing a turn with Spanner Robinson the night after in King’s Cross for a Margaret Pyke Clinic benefit. Then the traditional appearance of the Lost Cowboys for a Xmas Sunday lunchtime at the historic Half Moon in Putney. Then – the doctors’ strike permitting – Hank goes into hospital to have a rogue area of his old heart burnt out in an operation called semi-religiously an Ablation. Fans – and the lovely Mrs Wangford - should not worry. Hank will be asking the surgeon not to burn out his Love Centre…
Have a great Christmas and more importantly a happy, easy, friendly, prosperous and healthy New Year.

 

Hank hat CONTRACEPTION & SEXUAL HEALTHCARE
Some of you may know - When Hank is not playing and promoting Country music I work as a doctor in Sexual Healthcare and Contraception.
I joined the Margaret Pyke Centre, then the flagship of the Family Planning Association and an international icon of women’s sexual healthcare, to be involved in the sexual and contraceptive revolution of the early seventies.  The male dominated medical profession of the time was patronising and seemingly unaware of the needs of women and their wish to have control over their health and their fertility.  And clearly this was one of the most important changes to society and to women’s lives. READ MORE HERE

Hank hat More reviews of ' Save Me The Waltz '
We've just added several more Four Stars Four Stars Four Stars Four Stars reviews of Hank's new double CD release, 'SAVE ME THE WALTZ' to the website. You can catch them HERE.

Hank hat Hank's session with John Prine
We've just added a photo of Hank after a night's session (until 3am!) in Green's Bar in Kinvara on Galway Bay with three Greats - John Faulkner, folk & Irish music Titan, the inimitable John Prine and rising Irish star Declan O'Rourke. Great songs. Great singing. A welcome goodbye to the infamous Celtic Tiger. Visit the Gallery HERE.

Hank hat Hank's favourite team win FA Cup Final
Hank visited the hallowed ground of Wembley to see his team win the FA Cup Final a few weeks ago. We have added a photo with him alongside Buster Bloodvessel of Bad Manners fame and Gaz Mayall (John Mayall's son). Visit the Gallery HERE.

Hank hat Gig Reviews from the SAVE ME THE WALTZ tour
" A Magnificent Night " is what the press said about Hanks 'Save me The Waltz' tour. We have uploaded a handful of gig reviews onto Hanks website. You can read the full reviews and see some photos from the tour HERE.

Hank hat Hank Interview
To coincide with the release of 'Save me The Waltz', Hank was interviewed by Paul Kerr and you can read the full interview HERE.

Hank hat Waltzing' Reviews
The first reviews of Hanks new album, 'Save me The Waltz' are coming in and we have them on the MEDIA pages HERE. Hank will be out touring and promoting Save Me THe Waltz beginning this ocming week, when both the vinyl album and CD will be on sale at all the shows.

Hank hat New Year Waltzing
Hank's new album.  Save Me The Waltz.New year new sickness? We hope not and that y’all are fighting off those wintry colds and flus and keeping the floods away from your doors. Here at Rancho Wangford the excitement creeps up as we’ve received the first handsome CD copies of the all-Waltz Save Me The Waltz double album.  Once we get the vinyl 12 inchers it’ll be even more handsome.  We are planning to officially release them on the week of Mother’s Day at the end of March. Watch this and other spaces for a major tour in May to see if Britain is Ready To Waltz!?

Hank hatA Shrine to Hank
Here's the Hank Wangford Admirers York Chapter's Xmas tribute to Hank, marking the time he would have come up to the Shed but which is no longer happening.  In their collective pain and misery they gathered, erected a shrine, cooked a pie and made themselves feel better...

Tribute to the missing Hank at the Shed Appple Pie Tribute to the missing Hank at the Shed Tribute to the missing Hank at the Shed

 

Hank hatThe Wangford Quiz of the Week
Cast your eyes over this tv quiz show screen-grab, brought to our attention by an avid fan, and see if you can answer the question!

Now who can that person be?

Click the image to 'enbiggun'

 

 


Hank hat
The Archbishop of Canterbury goes 'Jogging With Jesus'
Our attention was recently drawn to an article in The Times newspaper about the Archbishop, Justin Welby, who goes Jogging each day and could possibly be a fan of Hank's suitably entitled piece - 'Jogging with Jesus'. Click HERE to see the article.

Hank hat Friends old & new
Hank is still recovering from George Jones' death so it's The Colonel here to tell you of a couple of imminent appearances of my boy.  He's finished recording his Double Waltz album and I have to say it's sounding good.  Warm, fat and old-fashioned.  
There are a couple of tracks for you to listen to on the website to make your own minds up. Hank is now struggling with record company stuff - registering with PRS and MCPS and getting ISRC codes from PPL for all of the twenty five tracks. 
He's a bit down about it all and keeps complaining to me that he didn't sign up for all this.  "I mean, acronyms are all very well but this is having a larf!" he moans. 
Just wants to write and make music, poor fool.  I keep reminding him that it's a music Business. And how am I to get my 50% if he doesn't get it right? 
Later this week Hank is joined by Brad and Spanner for another visit to the Green Note then next week is back to the Half Moon with the complete Lost Cowboys. 
And now we're deep in the heart of Hat Season Hank will take Lost Cowboys old and new and a truckload of hats down to Bridport in Dorset to open the Fourth Bridport Hat Festival before Hank runs off to stick his head in some Irish sand out on the West at Rancho Wangford. 

Hank hat Music from the new CD
Two tracks from Hank's upcoming CD 'SAVE ME THE WALTZ' are now on the site and free for you guys 'n' girls to listen to... 'Sunk Without Trace' by Hank and 'I Love You So Much It Hurts' by Floyd Tillman. You can find them on the little ol' radio on Hank's Media page HERE.

Hank hat Hank Newsletter
Been a while since the last Wangletter.  Blessed relief perhaps but just meant that Hank had an extended time off the road and concentrated on recording the new album. And they’ve done it! Finished mixing the sessions at the end of May. Now they need to get the cover designed and the tracks mastered, a process where a “Master” polishes them up to a wondrous audionic shine. So Save Me The Waltz, Hank’s album of Waltzes, is born but needs a little incubation. They recorded in Rock of London a fine analogue studio in Hackney and have achieved a warm fat sound with some real old-style waltzes.  There are some special extras with contributions from special guests like Billy Bragg and others. But the real stars are Hank and the Lost Cowboys themselves who were in tremendous form. In fact there are so many waltzes in Country music that it has to be a Double Waltz album. We may put a couple of tracks up on the website as teasers for you. Expect a release in the Autumn. And remember the Waltz is the waymark on the borderline between Rock ‘n Roll and Country. Not a lot of waltzes in Rock but Country is littered with them. And the saddest most miserable songs are often waltzes so you can imagine Hank’s joy playing them.

Hank hat Hank News
Now we have the sad news of George Jones' death. Here's my obituary for George in the Guardian (CLICK HERE). Meantime I've taken time off the road to dive into recording the new Waltz album Save Me The Waltz (The Wild Wonderful Wayward & Wicked World of Waltzing With Wangford).  We're laying it down in Rock of London, a fine and funky studio in the Hackney Road crammed with classic analogue machines for that warm authentic Country sound we in the Lost Cowboys love. 
We've recorded sixteen new tracks, four originals and twelve covers of favourite Country waltzes that have followed me through my life.  The album's true heroes are the Lost Cowboys and it is peppered with special guests I'll let you know about closer to the time.  The time? If all goes well I expect to release this Waltzerama in the autumn. 

Hank hat Hank & Brad at The BRIGHTON FESTIVAL
Hank Wangford and Brad Breath will play the 600 seat Speigeltent at this year's Brighton Festival. The duo play Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th May and will have BJ Cole and Jeff Rulf accompanying.

Hank hat Andy Roberts joins the Lost Cowboys
Andy Roberts will be sitting in with Hank Wangford's band, The Lost Cowboys, for the next few gigs. You can see the full gig list to your left, and they include Hank's famous traditional gigs at The Shed, in Hovingham, on the 7th & 8th December. Andy will be re-united with BJ Cole, pedal steel guitar player (and a regular in Hanks band), who played on a few of Mr Roberts early albums, so these gigs should not be missed! Sparks could fly...

Hank hat New Girl Singer!
Hank welcomes Spanner Robinson, a new voice in the Lost Cowboys. He first saw her in the duo she has with Jeremy Mendonca, Hallelujah Trails and was knocked out by her harmonies.  He hopes to feature her harmonies on the projected Waltz album.  She will certainly join the Lost Cowboys at selected venues. Watch the listings.

Hank hat Website Updated!
You may have noticed that we've recently tweaked Hank Wangford's website. It now includes a slightly modified menu and an all new and singin' GALLERY which includes lots of new photos of Hank. Take a peek HERE.

Hank hat Olympic Flame Snubs Wangford!
The Olympic flame is currently on its way round Britain. Hank is mortified, as I’m sure Hank and the Torch...you will be too, by the news that it is travelling round Suffolk, through quaint Southwold, on to Reydon an unremarkable village but – shock horror! – bypassing Wangford, Hank’s spiritual home. Wangford is a sleepy place and is already bypassed by the A12, the classic Fish Finger run from Lowestoft to London, but this Olympic cold shoulder is one rebuff too many. This is an outrage and if you feel as lacerated by the iniquity of this appalling decision please make your feelings known to your local Olympics committee or write to your MP. Better still go to Southwold at 11.34 on Thursday 5th July to protest at this heartless affront to the great man and his native heath. So here (left) Hank conducts his own personal protest taking The Flame into the crater of the great volcano Haleakala, the House of the Sun, on his recent trip to Maui.

Hank hat Before Hank became a full card carrying Hippie, the drugs kicked in and his fashion values disappeared up his William Morris print flares, he was a Mod.
Living in Soho in the '60s, married to his agent, Hank was a Mod-suited Satirist when not a medical student.  He regularly bought Mod suits from Dougie Millings the Beatles tailor. High collar, four button, waisted. He loved his Ivy League gold and black broad striped jacket he got in Sportique on a very early Carnaby Street. He played the West End in Beyond The Fringe in a Mod suit. He wore a Mod suit down at the All Nighter in The Flamingo listening to RnB from Chris Farlowe, Georgie Fame, Zoot Money, Herbie Goins, John Mayall and even the great Solomon Burke in a defiantly non-Mod salmon pink Lurex suit with emerald Lurex lapels (see Hank's piece on "Negramiculaphilia", the love of Black Men wearing Capes). Even morphing from Mod to Hippie left No Room for Country in Hank's world.
Now Hank has reverted big time in a spectacular Late Life Crisis to his beloved Mod roots. Wangford fans have been heard muttering "Where's the Cowboy boots? The Western shirt and jacket? Where's the Stetson, Hank??"
All since he discovered Adam of London right on his doorstep near Rancho Wangford on the Portobello Road.
The sign in the window spat
                       "DO YOU WANT TO LOOK LIKE S**T?
                            OR THE DOG'S BOLLOCKS??"

and Hank was hooked.
Adam do fine '60s cut figure fitting suits, coats and shirts. Shiny Two-Tone Tonik mohair! Tab collar and pin-through collars! It's a Mod dream. Or a Madmen dream.
Hank says go and do yourselves a favour - this place is unique. Click for LINK TO ADAMS WEBSITE

Hank hat Negramiculaphiliac
"I have been a lifelong Negramiculaphiliac - an admirer of black men wearing capes. "Read Hank's piece which harks back to when he first saw the inspirational Gene Chandler as the Duke of Earl. HERE

Hank hat Hank and his Hawaiian travels...
"Peel away the sun, surf, hula and flower garlands in Hawaii, and you find cowboys – and Spam – embedded in the lifestyle." We've added Hank's recent article to the website. READ ABOUT HANK'S HAWAIIAN TRAVELS HERE

Hank hat My heart attacks me out of the blue...!
Hank had a mild coronary recently - Don't worry he's doing well - and we've included a blow by blow account of his Johnny Cash Lite event. HERE

Hank hat Hank has written about his trip this year to Hank on horseback in HawaiiMaui, Hawaii to find the Paniolo, the Hawaiian Cowboys. Certain that no one in the UK has ever heard of the Hawaiian cowboys, Hank has been waiting years to go over and ride with them and hear their special brand of music. He's written about them and an article will apear in the Guardian Travel section on Saturday July 23rd and simultaneously in Guardian Online (the largest online newspaper in the world after the New York Times). That same day, July 23rd, Hank will appear on BBC Radio 4's Excess Baggage at 10 am.
If you miss it then you can catch up with BBC iPlayer or download it as a podcast. Later we will post the article and other Hawaiian thoughts from Hank here on Hank's Trails.

Hank hat Kylie Ramone (!) seems to be working overtime and sticking footage on to YouTube as fast as she can get hold of them. Latest is a clip of Hank and the Lost Cowboys playing the Assembly Rooms at the Edinburgh Festival in good ol' 1984. Catch 'em HERE.

Hank hat We've added a few images of Bill Pickett which had been put out by the US Mail in 1993. "Click the Bill Pickett picture to see more photos.  Sadly, the US Mail got it wrong, and the image is not of Bill himself but his brother.  And it wasn't Wilson."

Hank hat Hank is the cover face for The Hat Magazine latest issue.  As a compulsive hat wearer and newly honoured Patron of the Bridport Hat Festival, Hank is pleased and proud.  He is happy, too, to see that at last more British citizens are becoming hat-aware again.  Here he is wearing a black straw Rancher cowboy classic from Western Express of Bridgeville PA.  He bought the hatband in Conway Texas, inspiration to Harold Jenkins for his new stage name Conway Twitty which makes Hank Wangford seem normal by comparison.  The band was made by local Comanche Indians using Indian conchos and ersatz bone.  Check out The Hat Magazine and Mr Snook in Links.

Hank hat This November Hank will turn 70 before his time so the rest of the world can feel twenty years younger.  He will celebrate his 70th birthday weekend with two very special gigs.  In West London on Sunday 14th November he will be at the Half Moon Putney for his Birthday Prequel and on Monday 15th November Hank will celebrate his Actual Birthday in his homeland North London at the O2 Academy in Islington.  On both nights he will have a clutch of special guests joining the Lost Cowboys to help him through the pain of three score and ten.  The legendary Brad Breath – Andy Roberts – will be yodelling into your hearts and offering you a Glimpse of Gloom on both nights.  Despite the party atmosphere and whatever guests turn up Hank pledges as always to keep the proceedings miserable.  And Keep It Country! 

Hank hat Hank & Brad's No Hall 2 Small tour of Dorset, Shropshire & Herefordshire was a great success, with packed out and enthusiastic audiences. More are planned, so keep tuned in to this website. In the meantime we've added a few photos from a recent gig. HERE

Hank hat Hank Wangford & Brad Breath kick off their nationwide (Dorset - the county) tour this weekend with several No Hall 2 Small gigs. Catch them at Puddletown, Ibberton, and Wootton Fitzpaine over the weekend. We have a taster for all you fans of misery HERE.

Hank hat FLY WORLDWIDE WITH HANK! British Airways has now added the complete
album, "Whistling in the Dark" on all its long haul flights both Transatlantic to the USA and Canada and the Far East and Australia - Hank is flying high....

Hank hat Hank will appear on GMTV's 'This Morning' Cowpat inspection...show tomorrow morning (Monday 2nd August) as judge and jury for a Celebrity Cowpat Flinging contest. Hank, of course, is one of the countries leading experts and once officiated at Edinburgh Festival with the Hank Wangford $incere Product$ International Pro Celebrity Cowpat Flinging Contest with Billy Bragg (see photo). You can catch 'This Morning' at 10.30 on ITV.

Hank hat The Maverick Festival coming up this Friday (2nd July - now passed), is offering SPECIAL FRIDAY-DAY TICKETS exclusive to Hank fans for £15! Held at Easton Farm Park in Suffolk, the Guardian newspaper recently voted the Maverick Festival one of its TOP TEN best small festivals. So get along to Easton Farm Park and listen to Hank Wangford and the Lost Cowboys in full English sunshine. More info here...

Hank hat The Guardian recently voted the Maverick Festival, at Easton Farm Park in Suffolk, one of its TOP TEN Best Small Festivals. Get yourself down there and catch Hank & The Lost Cowboys who will be headlining this year’s Friday night at this prestigious and ever friendly Festival. More info here...

Hank hat New additions to the site are both sides to Hanks single from 1968 when he was recording under the name of Boeing Duveen and the Beautiful Soup. The tracks are the A-side, 'Jabberwock' and the B-side 'Which Dreamed it'. The single is one of RECORD COLLECTOR'S Top One Hundred psychedelic recordings of all time. We also have the tracks 'Anyway' and 'Lizzie' which Hank recorded with The Bhundu Boys, the Zimbabwean Jit band, in 1992. The tracks are from the album 'Friends on the Road', released in 1993. Listen to all HERE.

Hank hat The Academy in Islington is offering tickets for Wangford fans for half price.  So if you want to come next Saturday to see Hank and the Lost Cowboys with the Tennessee Three follow the link below and give them the password "hankie".  That way you'll be able to buy your way in for £10 and not £20!  This is for Wangford fans only.  That's you!  HERE'S THE LINK..... PS: Hank and the Cowboys take to the stage at 7.15 - so get there early!!

Hank hat This month's 'Song Of The Month' is the man himself with The Lost Cowboys from way back in 1983 playing at the Peterborough Festival of Country Music. Hank and the Cowboys are playing "Cowboys Stay On Longer". CLICK HERE TO SAMPLE SOME STONKIN' MUSIC.

Hank hat It’s quiet times for Hank & The Lost Cowboys.  We’re all separately busy with Martin and Kevin just back from extensive Swedish touring with Ducks Deluxe and along with BJ soon going to the Isle of Man.  BJ is playing amongst others with Brian Eno around the country and Hank is still struggling with his “No Hall Too Small” book.  The great news is that after an upswelling of local opinion and a takeover by Carrie and Jamie the Half Moon Putney has been reprieved.  So last December’s gig was not our last.  Tribute bands will be given the bum’s rush and a new forward looking booking policy is in place.  Friday nights - our night for a while – is now indie band and DJing night until two in the morning.  We are moving to Sundays which will be at the normal time, playing until eleven and not closing early. 
So everyone on the London music scene is delighted that for once the inevitable march of accountants, auditors and gastropubs has been diverted and one of London’s historic music venues (Rolling Stones, Who, U2, KD Lang, Ralph McTell etc etc) continues to thrive. 

Hank hat We've added a new feature to the site. You can take a peep at Hank's 'Song Of The Month' here. This month the featured artists Floyd Tillman with Hank Garland "Slipping Around". We'll be adding new videos of Hank and the Lost Cowboys soon, so keep tuned!

Hank hat Hank sends his New Year thoughts to all website visitors, with his latest blogeen. For the uninitiated, a Bloggeen is a shortened version of a Blog (Of course it is)!! Read it here at HankWangford.com/newsletter.

Hank hat Since having been divorced by Reg Meuross in the summer of 2009 Hank has joined up with his old musical buddy and saddlepal Brad Breath aka Andy Roberts.  Together they will come back to the rural arts touring round village halls that Hank loves so much and will do the smaller gigs that are too small or low paid for the whole Lost Cowboys posse.  Big and small we love them all and will find a format to suit your venue.  Misery and melody, raw emotion and open ribcages will continue to be our trademark whatever form we take.  Hank will forever be the High Prince of Pain and offer his unique Glimpse of Gloom whoever he is playing with.  Divorce, a double edged knife, brings sadness and pain mixed with overwhelming joy and Hank as a new divorcee looks forward to meeting and greeting more of life's rejects out on the never ending road.  Keep Yodelling through it all! CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE NEW HANK & BRAD PAGE!!

Hank hat The Half Moon in Putney is closing in January 2010.  It seems the brewery wants to convert it to a gastropub, smarten it up and stop it being a music venue. So big news for us is SUNDAY 20 IS OUR LAST GIG EVER AT THE HALF MOON. Come and sob uncontrollably with us.  Christmas is as always a time for tears and knife in the heart sadness.  So join Hank & Martin & Kevin & BJ & Roy for the final Half Moon. LATEST: The Half Moon is SAVED!!!

Hank hat Hank is pleased to announce that after lots of requests, HankWangford.com now includes lyrics to a handful of his songs. We'll be adding more and more over the next few months, so STAY TUNED!. See Hank's lyrics here.

Hank hat Dear Friends, Delighted to report, from jet setting Wanglisters, that British Airways are still featuring the whole of “Whistling In The Dark” as their chosen Country album on their long haul Transatlantic flights to the USA and Canada.  No wonder their profits have been slashed. Read more of Hank's newsletter here

Hank hat The distribution company for "Whistling in the Dark" has completely sold out of the first run of Hank's starstarstarstarstar album. A big 'thank you' to everyone who has bought the album. A new batch has been ordered and should be in the shops in the next few days.

Hank hat FLY TRANSATLANTIC HANK! British Airways has now added the complete
album, "Whistling in the Dark" on its long haul Transatlantic flights to the USA and Canada.

Hank hat AOL have destroyed Hank's email account for no reason.  wangford99@aol.com is no more.  To contact Hank for bookings, mailing list enquiries and such go to the guestbook here on the website or email hankwangford@gmail.com.  The AOL account is a black hole and you will get no response.  Hank warns "Stay away from AOL.  They are dangerous and unreliable." 

Hank hat Due to unforeseen circumstances, Hank Wangford and the Lost Cowboys won't be appearing at this year's Maverick Festival, but Hank and the Band will be at the Festival in 2010. You can grab your tickets for this year's event from the Maverick website.

Hank hat FLY TRANSATLANTIC HANK! British Airways has recently added Hank's new starstarstarstarstar album, "Whistling in the Dark" on its long haul Transatlantic flights on the Country music selection.

Hank talks to Country Music People (April 09)

Hank hat In the latest edtion of Country Music People (April 09) Hank talks about Cannabis, Communism, & Country Music. We've loaded a copy here for you....

Hank hat We've added a gallery of Hank's collection of hats, entitled 'Hank's Hattery'. Take a peek under the rim here....

Hank hat Hank's email account with AOL has died a death and we are in the process of reconfiguring a new address. In the meantime, if patrons, record company barons and promoters would like to get in touch, please use the guestbook.

Hank hat Do you remember FRAY BENTOS? Read about Hank's visit to Fray Bentos land and how it fed the whole of Britain and the free Europe during the Second World War! here

Hank hat Hank and the Lost Cowboys have recorded a session for Mark Lamarr's "God's Own Jukebox".  They have recorded five songs, four from Whistling in the Dark and Nothing Left from Best Foot Forward.  There will be a version of Jealousy from Whistling on the BBC website for a full month from 28th February.  The other tracks, along with chat with the Lost Cowboys and a selection of their choices of inspirational tracks, will be on Mark's Jukebox on BBC Radio 2 at midnight on Friday 27th into Saturday morning until 3 o'clock.  For the elderly and infirm Wangford fan and the Wangford diaspora overseas the whole programme will be available on the Internet on the BBCs Listen Again service on www.bbc.co.uk for a full week after the programme.

Hank hatWe have added a video of a track, 'Which Dreamed it' which was the flipside of a single put out by Hank in 1968 (then recording under the name of Boeing Duveen). The single is one of RECORD COLLECTOR'S Top One Hundred psychedelic recordings of all time. 1968 was only two years before Hank discovered Country Music with Gram Parsons in 1970 and his whole world changed! Check it out here>>

Hank hat Record Collector places Hank's album Whistling in the Dark on it's 'MOST WANTED' list. See it here>>

Hank hat Country Music People give Whistling in the Dark a star star star star star review... Read it here>>

Hank hat Read this Hymm of praise to small things... Here>>

Hank hat The latest edition of MOJO has Hank's 'Little Bird' as No.6 on it's TOP TEN playlist!!!

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Hank hat"It's a classily performed set..." Review from the GUARDIAN. Read it here>>

Hank hat "He is though, and has been for many years, the best British pure country music musician out there...." Read it here>>

Hank hat Maverick reviews Hank's new album Whistling in the Dark and give it a star star star star review. Read the reviews here>>

whistlingHank's new CD, recorded with the Lost Cowboys: Whistling in the Dark is now available at gigs and in all good record shops!