Woody Holler and his Orchestra are purveyors of “western swing” music…but also so much more. Woody grew up hearing the songs of the cowboy. Although he was later trained in opera, a sense of nostalgia held him close to the early western genre. Woody met up with some top-notch jazz musicians and the cross-over was magical. Consisting of some of Canada’s finest folk/jazz musicians, Woody’s orchestra creates a style that Woody defines as “jazz from the saddle”. Greg Lowe on guitar, Richard Moody on violin and Danny Koulack on bass add clever arrangements rich with virtuosity and style. The repertoire is eclectic, fun and fascinating, featuring finger-snapping swing beats, honey-slowed love croons and show stopping “extreme” yodeling.
Since 2010, the band has showcased very successfully across Western Canada, which has led to several tours from Manitoba to the Pacific coast. They have also enjoyed a tour of the Northwest Territories and Woody’s yodel has been heard past the Arctic Circle. A recent showcase event on the east coast has led to a tour of the Atlantic Provinces as well as a tour of Great Britain.
Their first album, “Western Skies” was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award in 2010. Woody and the boys have just completed their second album, “Jazz From The Saddle”. It’s filled with all the things that make Woody Holler and his Orchestra so entertaining.
“But it was more than the yodeling that caught the audience right from the outset and held us through a much warranted standing ovation at evening’s end. It was the full, rich sound of four very talented musicians who have coupled clever arrangements, musical genre fusing and the joy of performing into one delightful package.” – Sue Morhun, Oliver Daily News
“…the audience had saddled up to join him for the adventure. They were with him every step and hoof print of the way, perfectly attuned to the mood of each song”
“…this performance, which was lit up by comedic banter between the players and the audience. Each number was infused with a fresh spirit, thanks to the ensemble’s virtuoso musicianship that never faltered, whether the genre was cowboy music, jazz, love croons, opera, or something in between.” –Marcus Day, The Barrhead Leader