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Who We Are

The Dillyboys are an energetic folk band, bringing to life original and traditional songs and tunes, using banjo, accordion, violin, guitar and carefully constructed harmonies.


Their debut EP is a fine example of a sound they have coined ‘Shanty Chic’, drawing on the traditions of folk music from around the globe. They have cultivated a  reputation for lively, rambunctious concerts that have a strong focus on audience participation.

2019 festival highlights include Sidmouth Folk Festival, Topsham Brewery Craft Ale Festival, and Withyfest. 2018 Festival highlights include Goren Festival, Exeter Street Arts Festival, The Little Big Gig, Folk on the Quay, and Sidmouth Folk Festival. The Dillyboys have played support slots for Martin and Eliza Carthy, 3 Daft Monkeys, Sheelanagig, Mad Dog McRea, Gaz Brookfield, and Ferocious Dog. 

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"Amazing band. Seen them perform at weddings, pub gigs and festivals and always blown away by how much energy and talent come from these guys. Such fun to dance to! They leave their audience exhausted and wanting more!"

"The Dillyboys took to the stage with their original take on traditional folk, more along the Gypsy folk lines. The crowd were a knowledgeable bunch and joined in on several numbers where audience participation was required. The trio comprised of Banjos, Mandolins guitars and an accordion. As well as traditional folk instruments and songs, the trio’s harmonies dovetailed seamlessly creating a rich and sweet vocal line."

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