In the 1980’s, Joyce Riding, Sue Grills and Marie Luff were regulars at Horwich Folk Club. Nobody would have thought then that these three would get together some 20 years later to form THE SAGGY BOTTOM GIRLS.
In 2002, after a trip to The Lancaster Maritime Festival, the “girls” were having a bit of a sing on the way home, decided that they sounded pretty good and thought they should share their “talents” with the public at large.
Some of you may remember George Clooney in the film “Oh Brother Where Art Thou” in which he appeared in a group called The Soggy Bottom Boys. The “girls” felt that this catchy name could be adapted to personify their more mature years and so The Saggy Bottom Girls were born.
The group specialised in three-part harmony singing and, after several successful years, “kidnapped” Joanne Holt to give depth and flexibility to the group.
The group has a varied repertoire encompassing traditional folk, music hall, comedy songs, popular songs and self-penned material, all with the aim of providing entertainment and having fun. The group’s line-up:
- Joyce Riding vocals, guitar
- Sue Grills vocals, bodhran
- Joanne Holt vocals, guitar
- Marie Luff no longer forms part of the line up but does make occasional 'guest appearances when she's not galivanting around the globe!