The Woodmen were born out of a world in which the band live, work and now sing. Back in 2014, Pete Mason joined a local wood and hedgerow group. There he met John Downes, who plays guitar, banjo and provides vocals. Pete was already playing music in the pub with his friend Leslie Hampson who plays drums, cajon and vocals. They formed The Woodmen.
They began to gig in local pubs, clubs, barns and even busked on the streets gaining a loyal following for their foot stomping, fun songs. Stuart Toms joined the band on electric guitar and Steve Ewert on bass. They are often joined by guest musicians both live and in the studio, such as Joy Moore (pictured above with the band) providing violin on their album.
The debut album of 14 original songs and a bonus track cover; recorded at the Sound Gallery Studios Exeter was with proceeds from sales going to local cancer charities. The album name comes from the wonderful moon-scapes seen over the bands local village.
The album launch party was one of the biggest gigs in the bands history to date. The Woodmen are now recording material for their second album and regularly out on the road playing.