Showdown of a hoedown on farm

The six farmers from Ulley, Matt, Phil, Richard, Johnny, Mark and Andy aka Pinky who perfomed on Ashley Banjos Secret Street Crew show
The six farmers from Ulley, Matt, Phil, Richard, Johnny, Mark and Andy aka Pinky who perfomed on Ashley Banjos Secret Street Crew show
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FARMERS proved they can do more than just barn dance when they appeared on Ashley Banjo’s Secret Street Crew TV show.

South Yorkshire farmer Phil Lovely and his friends wowed loved ones with a slick Diversity-style routine, which aired on Sky1HD at the weekend.

Dancing Farmers

Dancing Farmers

The series follows Diversity frontman Ashley as he tries to teach some of the country’s least natural movers and shakers to dance.

“It was my son Jonathan that got us all into it when he sent in an application for a laugh,” said Phil, who runs West End Farm in Ulley, near Rotherham, with his son. “At first I said no way, but then I thought, why not?”

Rehearsals started last year when Ashley and his crew came up north to meet the six men, who performed as The Drunken Farmers.

“Ashley was fantastic, but I wonder if he asked himself what he was getting into when he saw us,” laughed Phil, 46. “The eldest of us was 60 and my son Jonny was the youngest at 20. We were a shambles!”

The three-week rehearsal period was intense, with Ashley and his team coming back to visit the group a further four times and the farmers meeting every night to rehearse.

“The moves were so difficult, but it was some of the best fun I’ve ever had too,” said Phil.

“Our wives must have wondered what on earth was going on. We told them we were taking part in a farming documentary, but I know at least one of the lads was accused of having an affair! Luckily it was all worth it in the end.”

When they finally took to the stage, at a charity barn dance, they brought the house down with their routine to a mash-up of Combine Harvester by The Wurzels and Moves Like Jagger by Maroon 5.

“The routine was two minutes and 24 seconds and it flew,” Phil said.

“Everybody’s reaction was fantastic, cheering and clapping so loud, which kept us going. My wife Gail was shocked, it was brilliant.”