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The Billys

Welcome to the Official Cyberspace Home of 

Also known as Kirk Wall and the Hillbillies, and formerly known as The Billys or Billy Hill and the Hillbillies.

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at
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For information about booking Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies,
Contact Jason Guffey @
www.macfieentertainment.com


 
Here's What's Happening!

Coming on Sunday, June 14, 2015
KRAZY KIRK and the HILLBILLIES

Orange County Market Place
OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, Ca.

Two sets at Noon and 2 pm!
Entrance fee to Marketplace $2.00

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Coming on Friday, June 19, 2015
Norco Concerts in the Park
featuring

KRAZY KIRK and the HILLBILLIES

Pikes Peak Park
97 6th Street, Norco, California

6:30 to 8:00 pm
The event is free to the public!

Food and beverages are available for purchase
to help support the Norco Lions Club and future Concert in the Park events.
Please be generous in helping support the Lions Club by buying some food and beverages!

Low back lawn chairs or blankets only, please!
No Alcohol will be allowed in the park!



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Krazy Kirk & the Hillbillies will continue to be performing at Knott's Berry Farm through 2015.
Stay tuned for more information on schedules and times!






We are currently located in the historic Birdcage Theater at Knott's Berry Farm
Same show times and days as before!

(See a park map for location, but it's right outside of the wilderness Lodge
and next door to the school house)

Click on the schedule page for showtimes and dates.



For those of you interested, we have created an Instagram page,
if you would like to add your Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies photos...


http://instagram.com/krazykirkandthehillbillies/


Give us a tweet at our new twitter account @
KKHILLBILLIES



We have decided to add the name "Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies" to our professional name list
to use when performing occasionally.
All our domains now link to this page, including:

www.KrazyKirkandtheHillbillies.com
or
www.KirkWallandtheHillbillies.com

or our original link still works to get to this page...
www.TheBillys.com


So... no matter what domain you use, all roads lead here to this page. Thank you for your patience.


We have decided to rename our band to help us have a unique identity.
Starting today, we will be known as "Kirk Wall and the Hillbillies" instead of The Billys or Billy Hill and the Hillbillies.
Please bare with us as we change our various webpages, facebook and other social media venues.



"Whistlin'"
Rick Storey
Anders "Animal"
Swanson
"Krazy Kirk"
Wall
"Dynamite"
Dennis Fetchet




Check out our
INSTAGRAM account...

http://instagram.com/krazykirkandthehillbillies/

You can also find us on FACEBOOK as

Kirk Wall and the Hillbillies



Miss seeing the Hillbillies?
How about the next best thing?

TAKE US HOME WITH YOU VIA OUR CD,
THE BILLYS LIVE!


Get one while they last!

CDs ARE BACK IN STOCK.
GET YOURS TODAY WHILE THEY LAST.

SCROLL DOWN TO SEE THE PAYPAL BUTTON FOR PURCHASES!


Because of our recent name change, these CDs will probably not be reprinted,
so when the supply runs out, they will no longer be produced.



They are available for $20 each.
The price includes shipping and handling within the U.S.





Recorded live at
Vincenzo's Pizzeria Experience
in Newhall, California in 2005.


Songs include:
Foggy Mountain Breakdown,
Country Boy,
Barefoot Nellie,
The Letter,
How Mountain Girls Can Love,
Downtown,
Flowers on the Wall,
No Matter What,
Rocky Top,
Ticket To Ride,
Orange Blossom Special
and
The Devil Went Down to Georgia.


For more information,
  email the webmistress @
janvincent_1313@yahoo.com



You can purchase the above CD
via this website by clicking this button and ordering via PAYPAL.

CLICK HERE



For information about booking
Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies,
Contact Jason Guffey @
www.macfieentertainment.com



 

 
 ABOUT KIRK WALL
and the HILLBILLIES...

aka
Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies

or

Billy Hill and the Hillbillies

Kirk Wall and the Hillbillies
Bluegrass Band features:
KIRK WALL on guitar and vocals;
DENNIS FETCHET on fiddle, vocals and mandolin;
RICK STOREY
on banjo,vocals and guitar;
ANDERS SWANSON
on bass,vocals and fiddle
     
 Our Hillbilly History
We began performing in Critter Country in the late 1980's in various different bands, but we got our real start during Disneyland's State Fair event in Spring of 1988.

At the time, we performed as the "Barley Boys" in the Big Thunder Ranch area.
Our job was to help entertain the crowd and encourage the pigs to run their fastest.

Each Barley Brother [Marley, Farley, Charley, etc] would take one of four sections of the audience and teach them a pig "call" to encourage that pig during the race.
   
Pigmania with the Barley Boys. Kirk is in the red shirt above.
Circa 1988
Kirk Wall as a "Barley Boy" during Pigmania
at State Fair at Disneyland.
Here is an example of the Pig Race from YouTube.com.
Click this....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylH5DxibEFk




"Pigmania" ended in October, 1988, we were asked to perform for the opening day crowds in Critter Country which opened
on Wednesday, November 23, 1988.


Splash Mountain was to have opened during this time,
but due to technical difficulties it wasn't ready.

 
So we worked longer than we expected [which was a good thing for us].
We continued to perform for the newly built attraction,
Splash Mountain which finally opened 8 months later
on Monday, July 17, 1989
.

 
The original members of the band in those
days were Kirk Wall on guitar, Dennis Fetchet
on fiddle, John Marshall on bass and Mario Hildalgo on banjo.
Kirk acted as our front man.


Early Billy Hill and the Hillbillies
near Splash Mountain

From left to right:
John Marshall, Dennis Fetchet, Kirk Wall and Mario Hildago



On Wednesday, August 5, 1992
Billy Hill and the Hillbillies were officially formed.
Early Billy Hill & the Hillbillies
[originally known as the Spit Band]
This photo above shows Tom Sauber on fiddle.


 We were later moved to Frontierland and played outside the Golden Horseshoe. Occasionally filling in when the Golden Horseshoe Jamboree Show was dark. [closed]



< THE ORIGINAL BILLY TEAM

We were asked to replace The Golden Horseshoe Jamboree Show that was closing.

On Sunday, December 18, 1994, we performed our first official "scripted" show in the Golden Horseshoe Saloon as the resident band. Sadly, Mario had left us and was replaced by John's brother, Evan Marshall on mandolin.

Evan brought classical mandolin experience that added a new dimension to our show.

[left to right: Kirk Wall,
Dennis Fetchet, John Marshall
and his brother, Evan Marshall]
Five years later, on Sunday, November 21, 1999 , we were temporarily moved out of the Golden Horseshoe Saloon for the opening of Woody's Round-up Show, but Woody didn't last and we returned to the Golden Horseshoe on Thursday, July 20, 2000 after an 8 month absence.

By now, we had quite a following including a fan club called "Da Billy Club" that met weekly on Sunday mornings for the first show and Friday evenings for the last show.



In February of 2002, Anders Swanson became a sub for the band playing bass and added a fun element to the show.


On Thursday, February 6, 2003 at the 1:15 pm show, our original team [since 1994] performed our 10,000th show at the Golden Horseshoe and were given a plaque and cake by Disney Management.

On stage at Big Thunder Ranch BBQ during our stay at "the Ranch" ~ Circa 1999

Left to right:
Evan Marshall, Dennis Fetchet, Kirk Wall and John Marshall.


This team stayed the original Billy Hill team for 11 years working five days a week, 5 thirty-five minute shows a day.


Our 10,000th Show Plaque >
Thursday, February 6, 2003
Presented to us by Disney
after we finished 10,000
performances of our show
.

We played to a packed house of fans, friends and 25+ dignitaries including our entertainment boss, Stan Freese and 40+ members of Da Billy Club, our fan club at the time.

Our team at that time included Kirk Wall, Dennis Fetchet, John Marshall and Evan Marshall.


In 2003, Evan Marshall left the band and was replaced by Rick Storey on banjo and Dennis filling in on the mandolin [and fiddle].

 



In October 8, 2003, Disneyland decided to close the Golden Horseshoe
Variety Show with Dana Daniels.
These teams included:



T
he Golden Horseshoe Saloon re-opened 7 days a week with Billy Hill and the Hillbillies and so in order to do 35 shows a week, we were split into three teams. 

 
The Original Green Team
 
John David on guitar,
John Marshall on bass and fiddle,
Evan Marshall on mandolin and fiddle, John Eaden on guitar and a really tiny fiddle.

This team played on
Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

The Blue Team
 
Anders Swanson on Bass and Fiddle;
Dennis Fetchet on fiddle and mandolin
; Kirk Wall, lead on guitar and fiddle and Rick Storey on banjo and guitar. 

This team performed on
Sundays and Mondays.
 The Newer Green Team
 

John Marshall, John Eaden,
John David and Duane Michaels

or as we like to call them;
The Three Johns and Duane.



This team performed on
Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Gold Team

 

Kirk Wall, lead on guitar and fiddle,
Dennis Fetchet on mandolin and fiddle, Duane Michaels on Mandolin and fiddle
and John Marshall on bass and fiddle.


There have been tons of other team combinations over the years using subs. Too many to mention here.


Helping over the years were many, many wonderful subs who filled in when needed including:

 Kevin Gregg [Billy Red],
Cory Rouse [Billy Barney],
Denny Hardwick,
Barry Cogert,
Rick Dunham,
Jonny Ray Bartel,
Arshag Chookarian,
Dave Eastly,
Phil Ward,
Keith Rosier,
Denny Moynahan,
Eric Brenton,
and
Farley the Fiddler.
  




On Tuesday, June 18, 2012, we began performing at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree which was where we had started many years ago in Pigmania.


Billy Hill and the Hillbillies use to be found performing 5 days a week at either the Golden Horseshoe Saloon in Frontierland or at the Thunder Ranch Jamboree behind Thunder Mountain.



 
Most of our team perform Thursdays through Mondays with all four of us playing on Sundays and Mondays.






On Monday, January 6, 2014, the show, "Billy Hill and the Hillbillies"
was retired after 21 years at Disneyland as the hillbillies
and 5 years in other shows.
 
At that time, we decided to change our name to
"Kirk Wall and the Hillbillies" and "Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies"
in order to perform at outside venues without confusing our guests.
We hope to see you all in the near future as we continue to perform country, bluegrass, Broadway Show Tunes, The Beatles
and comedy, our style!

Keep watching here or an Facebook for any upcoming events!
See our schedule up above, as we are currently performing
week-ends at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, California.
 



The Billys can also be seen on Facebook @ The Billys

 







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