One of the original British Bluegrass Bands which started out in the 60's, they appeared on TV and Radio, made several albums and played at many of the top venues of the day.
Orange Blossom News 2005
Orange Blossom Sound have appeared on one of Benny Hill's DVD's in the States just recently. (Benny Hill Complete and Unadulterated) On the DVD they sing "What am I doin' Hanging 'round" by Mike Nesmith, Disk 2 Track 6.They have had several enquires about the band already by e-mail from the States. You never know, they may be the UK's answer to the Soggy Bottom Boys. The DVD is not released in the UK yet. The band in those days were.. Ian McCann / Guitar, Mike Hartes / Bass, Charlie Gaisford  / Banjo and Mick French / Fiddle

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Orange Blossom Sound at Britains 3rd Country Music Festival - Live

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Orange Blossom Sound in the 70's
Norway Tour

Orange Blossom Sound on the bill with
Buck Owens and the Buckaroos in 1969


The Origins:

Charlie Gaisford (Banjo, Deceased) Coal Creek Trio
Roger Churchyard (Fiddle) Flint Hill Three
Ian McCann (Guitar)  
Mike Hartes (Bass)


  Benny Hill Show (Thames TV)

Additional Personnel:

Tyne Tees Television
Gerry Williams (Guitar) Opportunity Knocks (Thames TV)
Andy Townend (Deceased, Mandolin)  
Mike Patton (Mandolin)


Norbert Schmit (Guitar)

Country Meets Folk

Mick French (Fiddle)

Country Style

Adrian Farmer (Banjo)

Jimmy Young Show
Ashley Reed (Fiddle) Terry Wogan Show
Dave Hatfield (Bass)  



Buck Owens Tour
Cambridge Folk Festival Norwegian Tour (Summer 1970)
International Festival of Country Music 69 Swiss Tour
International Festival of Country Music 70 Belgium Tour
Edinburgh Festival  
Wavenden Festival


Mole Valley Festival (Leatherhead)

Bluegrass Unlimited


Major Venues:


Wembley Arena

The London Palladium Jehosophat and Jones (The Two Ronnies)
Liverpool Empire  
Manchester Corn Exchange

OBS after the 1990

Glasgow Apollo

Ashley Reed (Fiddle)

Royal Film Premiere (for Princess Margaret)

  Orange Blossom Sound Gigs 2003

The OBS Supergroup rehearsing at the Leatherhead Festival
from the left
Charlie (Dobro)
Ian McCann (Guitar)
Mike Hartes (Bass)
Andy Townend (Mandolin)
Bob Winquist (Fiddle)
OBS in the 1990's with....
 Ashley Reed on fiddle
Norbert Shaltz (Guitar)
Mike Hartes (Bass)
Mike Patton (Mandolin)
Charlie Gaisford (Banjo)
1970's publicity material with...
 from the left...

Roger Churchyard (Fiddle)
Charlie Gaisford (Banjo)
Ian McCann (Guitar)
Mike Hartes (Bass)
Another OBS Line-up,
with Stacy Phillips on Dobro

from the left
Ian McCann (Guitar)
Mick French (Fiddle)
Jeff Treadway (Bass)
Stacy Phillips (Dobro)
Charlie (Banjo)