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About The Hawthornes

“A welcome intrusion to the British Folk scene” – Mike Harding, Folk Radio UK

The Hawthornes are a lively folk/rock band from Cheltenham, England. Taking cue's from folk revivalists such as Laura Marling, Eliza Carthy, Frank Turner and Seth Lakeman, The Hawthornes combine beautiful female vocal driven acoustic music with mariachi style upbeat pop/rock hooks. Originally formed in 2013 by Vocalist/Guitarist Louisa Gaylard, Mandolin/Percussionist Jesse Benns and Bassist/Vocalist Gordy Partridge, Trumpet player & Vocalist Greg Wilson-Copp soon joined to coincide with the release of their debut album "Stoneville Street" released in late 2015.

Whilst chalking up appearances all over the UK with acts such as Phil Beer, Three Daft Monkeys, Terry & Gerry, Babajack and The Gerry Colvin Band and at festivals such as Lakefest, Y Not and The New Forest Folk Festival, The Hawthornes have gained a reputation for delivering a powerful live show, combining gentle beautiful soft melodies with upbeat powerful anthems that stay with their audience for weeks. Their second album "Cut & Run" was released in early 2017 and has already been met with much critical acclaim.

The Hawthornes Band - Group Photo Playing Music


Louisa Gaylard

Louisa started singing and playing guitar at a young age. From early on she was performing her self penned songs in and around her home town of Ipswich. She released 2 albums before going away to study at the Academy of Contemporary music at the age of 16. It was here she met Jesse and things took a diabolical turn for the worse. Louisa then escaped the bright lights of the city and found herself in deepest darkest Cheltenham. After a brief stint in the circus Louisa, Jesse and Gordy started the Hawthornes.

Member - Louisa Gaylard playing guitar and main vocals

Member - Jesse Benns on cajon

Jesse Benns

Jesse started playing drums at 14 years old, drumming for various Punk bands around Gloucestershire. After discovering percussion can be much easier to transport, Jesse began playing acoustic music more frequently, working as a session musician with various Folk acts and becoming an official endorsed artist for Lion Cajons before forming the Hawthornes with Louisa and Gordy. Then things took a diabolical turn for the worse.

Gordy Partridge

Gordy started playing guitar at 12 and decided to specialise in bass when he was 18. He featured in local bands such as Company Jones, Lotus, Tinderbox and the Tala Harper Trio plus too many cover bands to name, but hey ho, that's where the money is. Gordy spends his days involved in teaching music therapy at a SEN school. In his spare time he has taken to drinking and gambling heavily. The Hawthornes formed in 2013, shortly before things took a diabolical turn for the worse.

Member - Gordy Partridge on bass and backing vocals

Member - Gregory Wilson-Copp on trumpet and backing vocals

Greg Wilson-Copp

Greg started playing at the age of 7 and grew up in the brass bands of Cheltenham and Gloucestershire. Since leaving university where he studied Music Technology, Greg has been in a multitude of bands. Things eventually took a diabolical turn for the worse. He now resides with the Hawthornes while running his own studio (Sound Shack Studios) and a PA company (Big Friendly Audio), as well as the relentless pursuit of the secret to eternal youth and immortality.