The Long Nights are a four-piece band from Lancaster, UK.

The Long Nights are a four-piece band from Lancaster, UK.

Taking inspiration from several country genres, including bluegrass, western swing and americana, the band capture an old-time sound around a single mic, with soaring vocals and harmonies backed by guitar, banjo, fiddle and double bass.

Originally formed by brother and sister Alan and Lynne Hempton, whose sibling harmonies continue to characterise many of the songs, the duo was soon joined by virtuoso vocalist Susie Clegg, charismatic fiddle player Jacob Phelps, and band pups Maya and Townes van Puppy.

Their live performances offer a mix of classic western swing and country numbers, originals, and a few recognisable covers, often given a powerful and captivating vocal makeover.

The band take their name from an old Lancashire tradition, not unlike the Texas dancehall culture that has survived to this day. Until the 1930s Lancashire string bands played to packed audiences around the county in just about any building large enough to hold them, with music, clog dancing and dialect recitations going on late into the night. These events were known locally as “The Long Nights”.

Alan Hempton – Guitar, vocals
Susie Clegg – Vocals, guitar, double bass
Jacob Phelps – Fiddle, vocals
Lynne Hempton – Clawhammer banjo, double bass, vocals