Friday, May 2, 2014

Big Hat, No Cattle

Swinging out from Montpelier, Vermont, Big Hat No Cattle plays and sings old and new songs in a vintage western style.

  The band is: Kevin Macneil Brown on steel guitar, guitar, and vocals; Michael Ricciarelli on guitar, fiddle, mandolin, and vocals; David Blythe on bass and vocals, and Danny McHugh on drums.

    The Big Hat boys play the music they love with skill, finesse, heart--and a sense of fun!


Thursday, June 8-  Waterbury, Vermont , details TBA

Friday, June 9- Whammy Bar, Calais, Vermont- 7:30- 9:30 PM


Here are some recent articles featuring Big Hat, No Cattle:

Novelist R.A. Harold on a night out with Big Hat:

New England author Willem Lange on music and memories:


                ON THE AIR AT WDEV

We recently had the chance to go on the air with Vermont radio legend Jack Donovan (that's Jack in the picture above, snapped by Mike), on the airwaves of Vermont's WDEV. We spun some tunes and chatted with Jack, and it was a treat to be there in those historic studios. From the old-school acoustical tile to the posters and memorabilia on the walls, it was all a real treat to take in!  Jack and everyone else at WDEV do so much for Vermont's community in so many ways, and we appreciate with all our hearts the support they show for Vermont music and musicians. Thank you, Radio Vermont!

                 GOOD BEGINNINGS

Big Hat, No Cattle just received these warm words in the Annual Report of a great organization, Good Beginnings of Central Vermont::
"Swing into Spring – our Western Swing Dance Fundraiser
In March 2013, Good Beginnings was contacted by members of the band
Big Hat No Cattle.  These gentlemen, Kevin Macneil Brown,
Michael Ricciarelli, and Dave Blythe, had been interested
in holding a benefit concert for a local charity and came
across GB online. To our delight and great fortune, they
decided we were just what they were looking for! These
kind-hearted, talented men found a Western Swing dance
instructor, Jean-Elizabeth Shockley, to come to Montpelier
and volunteer her time to teach a free lesson prior to the
concert. On May 16, 2013, Big Hat No Cattle rocked the
Grange in Montpelier and donated all of the proceeds of
the dance to Good Beginnings! It was well attended and
everyone seemed to have a great time kicking their heels
up in our honor. Thank you to Jean-Elizabeth and the
members of Big Hat No Cattle!"

   And Big Hat thanks Good Beginnings for their warmth and energy and the good works they provide!


Wednesday, July 10, 2013


Our new EP features original songs and instrumentals and a couple of traditional classics. As befits the music, we recorded these tunes the old-fashioned way, with the band gathered around one or two microphones, mostly in Meg's warm and cozy kitchen, where we get together every Monday night. There are a few overdubs here and there-- none of us has quite figured out how to play two instruments at once-- but what you hear is mostly the sound of four guys in a room, playing music they love. We hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013


Thanks to the fine folks at Orca Media in Montpelier, Vermont, here's a video of our complete concert for Montpelier Alive's Brown Bag Concert Series!