John Bates – Banjo & Vocals
John was with the band almost from the start in 2001 but left in 2008 after the arrival of child number 4 in the Bates clan and the launch of his brewery business; The Ole Slewfoot Brewery Company ! He still plays with The Ugly Dog Skiffle Combo from time to time and has a few gigs lined up with us over the summer of 2009. He also plays for Haley Moyses and The Bluegrass Forum and occasionally with Pete Kiwi and his Skiffle Mob.
John Bates with The Hayley Moyses Bluegrass Forum