Bands

THE MR MEN

The Mr Men are a 4 piece covers band from Kingston upon Hull. The band was founded by frontman Russell Donkin and drummer Dave Naylor in 2009.

Multi award winning vocalist Russell Donkin has the experience of being a professional singer that dates back to 2001. Many milestones in his career, notably Freedom Festival 2009 where he performed to a crowd of 70,000 people which gave him the edge and inspiration to fulfil his lifelong ambition of performing with a live band. Russell's vocal ability and immense range was quickly snapped up by Viking FM where he is now the voice of 96.9's Breakfast Show.

Dave Naylor's wealth of experience as a musician, singer and comedian brings many attributes to our performances. He has the ability to nail harmonies that leave many people gasping. Not to mention that he does all of this whilst mercilessly beating the hell out of his kit. Dave has played in many bands that covers a huge spectrum of genres.

Dave Herrick's drive as a lead / rhythm guitarist shines through when he hits the stage. His blinding solos and gutsy rhythm creates a distinctive sound in the band. His skill as a guitarist was hugely enhanced due to the result of an unfortunate accident that occurred in 2010 which left Dave with a severely broken arm. After relentless practice his skills rocketed as did his creativity. After playing to over 10,000 people at a recent festival with The Mr Men, Dave has a thirst that even Dracula would be proud of.

FAIRWELL FAIRGROUND

A three piece acoustic band that offers tight musicianship, multi-genre uniqueness and hard hitting harmonies. Easy listening and can connect with all different target audiences, which makes us ideal and open for many different types of gigs and opportunities.

 

We were formed in 2011 and have gigged all over the UK and parts of Europe, these being a range from festivals, university student balls, supporting many signed artists including Alexandra Burke, Marcus Collins, Lucy Spraggan, Ella Eyre and Professor Green.

We have been lucky enough to perform in front of 23,000 people and switch our city’s Christmas Lights.

We’ve won our City’s busk Idol competition with the local radio station ‘Viking FM’ and come 2nd in the local Newspaper’s ‘Hull Daily Mail Talent Trail’ were we played in Hull city Hall in the final.
We have represented our old College by performing at numerous Award Ceremonies and open evenings.

We have had air play over radio stations, including one that broadcast across America and Australia.

We have also travelled to Germany and helped organise and play at a couple of gigs for the returning troops of Afghanistan alongside 2 other bands that are close friends of ours; this was an incredible experience.

We are influenced by many different artists such as Mumford and Sons, Kings of leon, Kodaline and Vampire weekend.

AFTERGLOW

If you're looking for a live band for your wedding, party or venue, then look no further. Afterglow are one of the top function bands in the North of England. The bands repertoire covers a vast array of genres. with songs from the 50's through to current day chart hits (selected for your guests, not the band).

Fronted by Adelle's amazing Lead Vocals and backed by four male vocals and outstanding musicians, Afterglow are a dynamic, professional function band of highly accomplished, experienced musicians with a full and rich sound.

The band is completely self-contained with a high quality PA system plus excellent lighting and stage effects, we guarantee an exciting stage presentation that will thrill you and your guests and have your guests dancing all night to classic pop hits from the last five decades.

With each band member having many years expertise in performing for all manner of functions in the UK and abroad, Afterglow are the ultimate live cover band for you.

So if you are looking to hire an exciting live band for your Wedding, Party, Pub, Club, Summer ball, Christmas party, School reunion, Holiday camp, Hotel or Military base, then make sure you book Afterglow, Yorkshire's premier live party band.

BADNESS

"BADNESS" formed in July 1994 and quickly became one of the top Madness tribute bands & Ska / 2Tone revival bands in the country. Within six months the band were selling out various venues across the U.K. & Eire. Originally a seven piece outfit consisting of ; guitar, bass, drums, sax, trumpet, keyboards and vocals. They soon became six, with front man and vocalist (only original member) taking over on the trumpet (but not at the same time!). Playing classic Madness, Bad Manners and The Specials, to name but a few. "BADNESS" also play a few of their own songs, written with input from every member of the band. "Trojan Horse" is an instrumental and is much like an old ska classic. With tours of Israel, Germany and Spain under their belts, and having played every town & city in the U.K. (well almost!) "BADNESS" have built up a cult following and regularly sell out venues across the country. Re-live the "Dance Crazy" days of the late 70's & early 80's with the No.1 SKA revival band in the U.K. But be prepared to "Enjoy yourself" ~ It'll be a Hot & Sweaty one!

THE CHARM OFFENSIVE

The Charm Offensive are an established 4-piece covers band performing professionally at functions/weddings and other events including local pubs/clubs.

The Charm Offensive offer something a bit different from a lot of the Rock/Indie cover bands in the local scene, performing "Pop" songs in a moderate "Rock" style. The bands ethos is to entertain in every possible way, engaging the audience in dance and providing a "good time" vibe throughout the performance. The bands setlist includes pop songs from all eras, to please all listeners from oldies like Stevie Wonder to current hits from Taylor Swift, alongside 90s dance classics and 80s synth pop.

The Charm Offensive have full PAT test certs and public liability insurance documents available on request.

THE MOTOWN YEARS

Meghan Thomas Lead Vocals Since beginning her career at the age of 15, Meghan has worked all around the world. She has worked for the BBC and a host of top bands and clients and provides the soulful vocals to the superb Motown Years sound.

Jessica Armstrong Lead Vocals Jessica has performed all around the UK and has worked with artists as diverse as Sister Sledge and Misha B. Her powerful vocals have made her in demand as a session singer and she brings this energy with her to The Motown Years.

Cary Baylis Guitar, Backing Vocals A legend in the music industry, Cary has worked with some of the biggest names in the UK. He is a prolific performer and writer and co-wrote early Take That hits with Gary Barlow and Elliot Kennedy. His encylopedic knowledge of motown and soul makes him the perfect guitarist for The Motown Years.

Aubrey Robinson Keyboards Aubrey has worked with names such as Russell Watson and Jane MacDonald during his career as well as working for the BBC. He is the resident organist at the Sheffield City Hall, Musical Director for DéJa Vu Productions, and School Director at Harmony Music School, one of the largest contemporary schools in the country.

Gary Richardson Drums, Backing Vocals Gary has played for a string of recording artistes during his career, including Jane MacDonald and Peter Grant. He has toured extensively in the UK, Europe, Dubai and the United Arab Emirates and has theatre show and TV credits to his name.

Joe Phipps-Pearson Bass, Backing Vocals Joe has years of experience playing live at hundreds of venues up and down the country. The debut album for his original band, Darke Horse, was released in April 2010. As well as touring around the UK, Joe works as a session musician and teaches at Sheffield’s leading contemporary music school, Harmony Music School.

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