Buffalo Gals are the UK’s favourite Old Time Country String Band. You can expect traditional songs, tunes of Appalachia, early Bluegrass, Country music, blues and rags, spirituals, Cajun and gospel.
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Website: https://buffalogals.co.uk/
Buffalo Gals at the Swanage Folk Festival

When to see Buffalo Gals

The main marquee (Sandpit field) in Saturday afternoon’s concert. Click here to see the other bands playing in that session.

Don’t forget to arrive early for this free concert.

Festival locations

Events are located around the town centre, mainly Sandpit Field and Shore road. Click here for a map of the locations.


Some parts of the Festival are free, for others need you to buy a ticket. Click here for more details about tickets.

Buffalo Gals

Buffalo Gals are an Old Time Country String Band, perhaps the UK’s favourite. They are at the forefront of the current wave of American roots-inspired music, representing a revival of the old string band tradition in its most vibrant form. Their live shows  are uniquely punctuated by a stunning and thrillingly syncopated traditional Appalachian step-dance that has become one of their trademarks.

The Buffalo Gals revel in the traditional old songs and tunes of Appalachia, early Bluegrass, early Country music, blues and rags, ballads, spirituals, Cajun and gospel, all brought to life with a talent for fresh arrangement. You can look forward to a exciting concert that brings praise and applause from aficionados and new-comers alike.

Through the driving energy of banjo and fiddle, soaring harmonies, and syncopated, percussive step-dance, the visual and musical delights of this band, as well as their humour, repartee and rapport with audiences, produce irresistible shows perfect for most music venues and festivals as well as arts centres or more intimate village halls.

Buffalo Gals got together in 2001, headed by champion Maryland fiddler Kate Lissauer, to share their love of old-time country music. They’ve been going strong ever since.



Craft fair, children’s entertainment, afternoon concerts – On Sandpit field

Dance displays, a procession and music – all around the town

Tickets needed

Evening concerts – on Sandpit field

Comedy Club  and concerts and in the Conservative Club  –

Ceilidh in Swanage School

Workshops – various locations