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Nairobi Hootenanny

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The Nairobi Hootenanny
Years active53
Associated actsMaddy Prior, The McCalmans, Traditional Folk, Dubliners, Planxty, The Eagles, The Travelling Wilburys, Steeleye Span

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The Nairobi Hootenanny[edit]

The Nairobi Hootenanny, also known as The Hoot, is a traditional folk band based in Nairobi, Kenya. Considered a stalwart of the Nairobi folk music and social scene, the band has entertained generations of people throughout Kenya, and has performed alongside major international folk performers in its long and fluid history.

The Hoot continues to play at venues all over Kenya, to offer opportunity to aspiring musicians and to raise money for charity as it has done since 1967. The one constant in the band’s history has been the mandate to play for charitable causes close to the members' hearts. For more than 50 years The Hoot has raised millions of shillings for causes across East Africa.[1]



In 1967, Nairobi-based teacher and guitarist Peter Mills started The Hootenanny playing Live folk music shows every Thursday.


In the early years, The Hoot grew its following through regular Live shows every Thursday night at local clubs and venues around Nairobi.

Past Band Members[edit]

Past Members include:

  • Pete Mills
  • Ronnie Andrews
  • Mike Craig
  • Dave Beglin
  • Thomas Wolf
  • Clive Richardson
  • Bill Begg
  • Eleanor Stevens
  • Murray Ritchie
  • Jane Gelardi
  • Rob Burnet
  • Anette Costello
  • Andy Townsend
  • Anton Levitan
  • Becky Lipscombe
  • Chris Robitaille
  • Chris Schofield
  • Christine Schofield
  • Dave Lawless
  • Dave Fuglie
  • Elizabeth Bizzie Frost
  • Francis McGinley
  • Jan Ellis
  • Jim Bradley
  • Joe Sheridan
  • John Dawson
  • John McKinlay
  • Kari Challen
  • Kathleen Persson
  • Mark Fidelo
  • Nigel Kynaston
  • Nikki Couper
  • Sue Grant Lewis
  • Sue Laughton
  • Susan Cruse


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