WOODY HOLLER grew up on the Canadian prairie hearing the songs of the cowboy. Although he was later trained in opera, a sense of nostalgia held him close to those western roots. In 2009, Woody teamed up with some of Winnipeg’s finest jazz musicians and began purveying his own brand of Western Swing that Woody defines as “jazz from the saddle”. The show is reminiscent of a 1940s radio show with a sound that is nostalgic yet thrilling. The music involves clever arrangements rich with virtuosity and style. The repertoire is eclectic, fun and fascinating, featuring finger-snapping swing beats, honey-slowed love croons, a dash of opera, and show stopping “extreme” yodeling.
Since 2010 the band has showcased very successfully across Western Canada, which has led to several tours from across the prairies to the Atlantic and many tours of the Pacific. They have enjoyed a tour of the Northwest Territories and past the arctic circle. In 2016, the band spent three weeks touring England on behalf of the Northern England arts network.
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