Folk Hogan is a high velocity, folk/punk/gypsy music experience that is high energy, widely appealing, and downright awesome. A six-piece lineup, consisting of Accordion/Mandolin/Banjo/Bass/Guitar/Drums, Folk Hogan brings a mix of experienced entertainers, humor, and whiskey that will keep a crowd dancing and wishing they had a backup liver.
"Incorporating instruments such as the accordion and mandolin into their sound, Folk Hogan creates music that at times, makes you feel dizy from the circus-esque sounds ringing in your ears. It’s a contagious sound that is nearly impossible to tap your foot to and when listening to the music of Folk Hogan, it makes sense that this band plays wall-to-wall packed shows.”
- Autumn Thatcher , nowsaltlake (Mar 13, 2012)
About the Band:
Vocals and Mandolin
Moses McKinley is the amazingly fast mandolin player for FOLK HOGAN. His speed and grace on his instrument may come directly from the gods of punk rock playing through him, or it could be the years of practice he has put in to honing his skill.
Starting out on the drums and later moving on to guitar, he has played guitar in bands such as Guitar Soup, Canyon and the Big Fat Bass Turds Band, Nothing Else, Canyon Moses and the Trees, When Jack Spins, and Rise of Reason just to name a few. He has also released a number of solo albums, such as his “Semi-Coustic” (2004) and “Looking Up & Cursing” (2007)
Later moving on moving to mandolin and playing for “Devils Cuntry” with Tanner (former banjo) until he left the band for school in 2009.
He has now settled in to his position as mandolin player, singer, and one of the founding members of FOLK HOGAN!
If you are lucky enough to know Moses for a long time or even just meet him for a second, you will see he is one of the coolest, sweetest, most genuine and caring people there is, and he can still party until the sun explodes. Moses once battled fifty-thousand demi-gods and all of their armies. Their armies were so large that they spanned continents at a time and when firing arrows they blotted out the sun. Moses battled fiercely with nothing but his mandolin, atop a mountain. Some say that when you hear thunder, it is the slain bodies of the demi-gods and all of their armies falling to the ground.
Moses plays a mandolin built by Big Muddy Mandolin company. He currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with his beautiful wife Toe, and bird Duke. He works as a Luthier, making stringed instruments, and music sound better every day.
Canyon Jack Elliott
Vocals and Accordion
Canyon Elliott is one of the charismatic, fast talking, quick-witted rock gods that make FOLK HOGAN what it is. Son of Eilidh and the legendary Larry Elliott, canyon has spent his whole life around greatness, and therefore it is ingrained in his soul. His humor and intelligence is known by many, and appreciated by all.
Canyon began his musical journey in his teens with guitar and piano. He began dabbling with accordion when recording his first solo album, and has blossomed into a force.
One day, Canyon was in need of a new accordion, and remembered an accordion greater than any other in the universe. It’s sound was thunderous, but it’s weight was greater than any man could bear. It was known as Thor’s hammer, and was owned by the god of thunder himself: Thor. Through a series if quick witted, strong, and masterful actions, Canyon stole Thor’s hammer. Thor jumped forth with great fury to attack FOLK HOGAN, but alas, we were playing a most righteous show. When he heard our music he wept with joy and pledged himself to FOLK HOGAN for eternity.
Canyon has been involved in more bands than could be possibly listed here. When not performing in bands he has also written the score for several films, and has done studio work for other musicians. His live for music can only be outdone by his live for his beautiful daughter Rowyn. Canyon currently lives in Salt Lake City, and loves to party.
Banjo and Vocals
Box plays a banjo that was passed down through generations of the Demi-God Goodtime family until they were eaten by Zombies. One day while traveling Box stumbled upon a ritualistic Zombie ceremony where the banjo was being kept to the side a Zombie Prince. It was then that she knew the powerful Banjo neither in Sub-Mortal or Zombie hands but rather her own. After interrupting the bloodless ceremony she battled the Prince among countless others for the Banjo. After taking what was to be her’s she trained Tanner with her claw hammer stylings, to incidently later replace him as FOLK HOGANs Banjoist.
Bass and Vocals
Ascending to Earth as a Beacon of light from many dimensions, and lifetimes away… Jared was brought here, like many others, to find and experience the delicate balance between all plains of existence through endless love and limitless understanding.
By mastering the magic of awkward movements at an early age, Jared can channel the power of the cosmos with a simple wink of his eye and a sporadic shake of his booty. With a pucker of his lips and a whip of his mustache, He has conquered the underworld of the ancients, to rule the armies of the undead. One day, with this army, he will destroy the essence of darkness that has suppressed our inner light from reaching its true potential.
Harnessing the wisdom and power of an ever-expanding consciousness, he is destined for all that is epic and awesome. He will conquer the powers of negative fortitude forced on this physical plain of existence one earth-shattering bass line at a time. Showing all that are willing to see; that the reality we live in is a reality of our own making. You can shape and flow with the inevitable changes that this world is about to experience with the simple recognition that:
“YOU HAVE A MUCH GREATER LEVEL OF POTENTIAL IN YOU THAN YOU ARE LEAD TO BELIEVE.”
“WE ARE GODS!”
“Now Get Folked!”
Guitar and Vocals
Nick Passey goes only by his full name and has been known to notoriously not hear those who address him as “Nick”. Nick Passey the guitarist of FOLK HOGAN brings a well stocked fridge of both musical genres and experience to the band. His callused finger tips are as hard as his also Vegan spirit animal the Rhino. Nick Passey has been performing, writing music, and breaking strings for nearly his entire life. Learning to play guitar at the age of 14 and performing in a just few short months he has continued to play in bands in various positions, performed as a DJ, and mixed live bands. Nick Passey’s experience is well aligned with an intimidatingly long lineage of Touring Jazz Musicians, Performing artists, and Music Instructors.
He has no shortage of war stories from former teenage band Die Panda Die. Some include: Being electrocuted on stage, Having multiple shows being shut down by Provo’s SWAT team, Being stricken with a guitar hard enough to knock him out, Using 5 fog machines on stage to the extent of having the Provo fire department shut down a show, Purposely breaking numerous ceiling tiles and stages, Taking blackmail photos in the city of Seattle on stage for gas money while on tour, Playing and recording with the Gentry from Portland, Pretending to shoplift with the band so we could get caught with a 20 inch Double-Headed Dong in there bag, Best Dress Cigar-Mini Golfing, Gluing enough show flyers on the city of Provo to formally deploy the graffiti team, Causing a Parody band of Die Panda Die, Pouring 10 Gallons of fake blood while throwing spaghetti-o’s filled paper-mache pandas at a crowd, Being attacked by a Vodka filled pro-wrestler, and having a venue’s building condemned after fans destroyed it (allegedly).
When the good and the evil separated in the universe there were a number of particles left over, this is Brett. Never in this form would he be understood to mortals so he has taken many forms.
Brett is an all around genius when it comes to sound perfection. He is a tone enthusiast and first was introduced to FOLK HOGAN arriving with a doctors bag of distortion pedals and arsenal of Guitars. He did formally reside as a dragon and now has taken form as many mortal configurations to be conceptualized by humans.