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Albert Lee, by common consent one of the world's finest guitar-players, needs no introduction to Country Music & Rock fans. Albert fronts his own band Hogan's Heroes, some of the best known and most respected Rock'n'Roll and Country musicians in Great Britain.
Originally formed by steel-guitarist Gerry Hogan to play at his annual festival in 1987 (hence the name!), Albert Lee & Hogan's Heroes have relentlessly toured Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Belgium, Holland, Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, not to mention Finland, Estonia, the Czech Republic, and Yugoslavia, plus of course Ireland and the UK.
In April 1988 they starred at the 20th International Festival of Country Music at Wembley and at associated Country Festivals in Munich and Zurich. In June 1992 the band played Glastonbury Festival, the prestigious BBC 1 American Festival held at the Crystal Palace Bowl alongside good friends Little Village and Emmylou Harris. They also appeared that year at the Montreux Jazz Festival, where their performance received worldwide TV and radio coverage. An appearance at The Prince's Trust Concert at Wembley on the "Night of 100 Guitars" featured as special guest their good friend Dave Edmunds. The band even headlined The Yilas Jazz & Blues Festival in Lapland!
They continue to work the festival circuit, in 1999 appearing both at Mad About Guitars (music live '99) and at The Wirral Guitar Festival. In May 2000 the band headlined Martin Taylor's Kirkmichael International Guitar Festival. Coming right up to date, they went down a storm at Cropredy 2003, Fairport Convention's annual festival, receiving much acclaim from audience and fellow artistes alike. Also in 2003, Albert and the guys received a great response at the Stroud Fringe Festival (UK) and The Nidaros Blues Festival in Trondheim, Norway, exciting audiences in their usual manner.
The band has also made many TV appearances all over Europe, including Live from Wembley (BBC), Town & Country (ITV), Later with Jools Holland (BBC), Kenny Live (RTE Ireland), Kelly Live (N. Ireland), In Concert (Yugoslavia), Ohne Filter (Germany), Go Kvall (Sweden) and the British Country Music Awards with Marty Stuart (BBC). They have two albums currently available on Heroic Records, "Live at Montreux", and the latest red-hot studio album "Tear It Up", which emphatically does what it says on the tin!
Albert Lee & Hogan's Heroes additionally have to their credit two songs in the Richard Harris film 'Savage Hearts', which received wide acclaim at the Cannes International Film Festival. The band is renowned for attracting celebrities from the world of music to their gigs, each member of the band being well known and respected for their involvement in the music industry. Star names such as Willie Nelson, Eric Clapton, Don Everly, Lonnie Donegan, Chris Farlowe, Gary Booker, Marty Wilde, Nancy Griffith, Sonny Curtis and Rodney Crowell have all at one time or another jammed with the band to the sheer delight of both audience and band. Whenever and wherever they appear on stage, the pedigree of the whole group and their rare blend of talent guarantees a magical treat of timeless and powerful music.