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Name: James Earl
Performance Name: A Soggy
Instruments:  Banjo, Dojo, Lead Tambourine, and Bodhran
Style: Bluegrass & Folk and any song that takes our fancy 
Biographical Detail

I was born in a little place called Wigtown in Scotland, when I was eight years old, my parents moved to Abingdon in England due to work commitments.

At the tender age of 16, having spent a year as an apprentice professional footballer at Reading, I joined the Army, and served for 47 years leaving in 2008 in the rank of Captain, I spent 12 years with the Parachute Regiment and Special Forces during my service. I now work part time as a Driver / Carer in a local Day Centre.

I am a life long "Liverpool" supporter , and I live in Llanfairfechan, North Wales, with my lovely and very supportive Wife, Heather.

My Hobbies are playing Music with the Band and looking after my Garden, other interests are all types of outdoor pursuits such as Hill Walking, Climbing and Skiing, I am a qualified Ski Instructor.

I have always wanted to be able to play a Musical Instrument, and when my Wife Heather bought me a Banjo for Christmas, about ten years ago, I started to attend the local Bluegrass Club at  the Bull in Abergele, this is where I met Stuart Williams, Glyn Jones and Brian Armitage, and as they say the rest is History.

In 2002, I thought it would be a good idea to try and form a Band, so we could do some charity work in the local area, and this is how the "Soggy Bottom Boys" came about. To be able, not only to play an instrument, but be part of a great little Band, has gone way beyond what I ever dreamed of, it has become a very important and exciting part of my life, and long may it continue.



Honestly, I did send the new Play List




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