BroadOak Bluegrass originated from the band WET PAINT which was formed in 1996 by Phill Morley, Richard Lee and Luke Bampton. The trio added a mandolin a little later (Richard Miller). He stayed for about two years and then Charlie Ogunremi joined on mandolin. As time went on they added a fiddle in the capable hands of Raclel Eyres. The band had a few bass players, being Luke Bampton as the first and occasionally Callum Ogunremi. For a while Tom Day played electric bass but because of Tom’s commitments, he left and this last year Mark Turner joined the band on double bass and that put the final piece to the band.
With Phill leading the band on (bad jokes and all), the band has a wealth of bluegrass experience, Phill (being founder of British Bluegrass News), taught himself banjo and start teaching others and taught Richard banjo at the age of six. Phill and Charlie have played in various bands over the years as far back as from the mid 70’s. Phill and Richard played a lot in their band WET PAINT and of course Charlie. With the fiddle and now the new bass player, things have got busy and the band have been playing a lot of folk clubs, 2011 played in Ireland and have done a few festivals in the UK.
They completed a CD last year which is still selling well and got into the UK final heats of a talent contest but, got disqualified due to technical issues. BroadOak do a cross between traditional bluegrass to modern and even have some of their own original material. They also run their own barn dance band that is kept busy all the year round.