Rose Youth Band
Well known for its immaculate presentation and
innovative repertoire. See website for events + news.
The band has its own rehearsal rooms in the heart of Lancaster with
thriving learner, beginner and intermediate groups as well as the concert
band which performs around 40 engagements a year.
All welcome to join whether virtuoso, keen amateur or complete beginners.
Free tuition is given in the various groups by Robert Nelson, a renowned,
Morecambe born brass player.
Ruby in the Dust
Five piece all female band based in Lancaster, formed in 2006. Original folk jazz vaudeville sound with country and middle european influences. Band members are Eleanor Levin: piano, guitar and b vox, Rosie Taconglass: vox, Melody Rowe: percussion, Hazel Rowe: cello, Helen Fry: fiddle, guitar, b.vox. Check out their myspace at www.myspace.com/rubyinthedustlancaster
Sadie Hawkins Dance
MySpace: www.myspace.com/sadiehawkinsdance Reinventing GLAM - GLittery Anthemic Melodic - Rock, Ulverston-based
recipe is a secret blend no-nonsense pithy lyrics and a plutonic energy,
encased in hard metallic icing, with more fret-fireworks than a cold
Voojazfunk septet comprise of double bassist Louis
Davy, drummer Dan Williams, guitarist Stuart Metcalfe, keyboardist Ruth
Poole, tenor saxophonist Martin Condit, alto saxophonist Dave Mullen
and scratch DJ Shaolin Monkey. What do they play? Whatever it is it's
got to be funky. Expect an eclectic mix of original material and arrangements
of tunes by the likes of Herbie Hancock, Ruben Gonzalez and the Jackson
5. They host 'disfunktional society' the 2nd Saturday of every month
(9 - 1am) at the Crypt,
For bookings contact Louis tel: 07765292272 or Email: email@example.com
Shady Jazz Ensemble This
charismatic five-piece band consists of singer, Laura Andrews, and talented
fellow musician Gary Taylor. More have since joined this exciting ensemble.
Unfortunately Patrick Tansley no longer plays in the band. The
music they play is a wide ranging mixture of less often performed standards
including some songs sung with original lyrics in French and Portuguese.
Tourist guide Melvyn Dod founded the Shady Jazz Quintet a few years
ago. Melvyn is a well-known face in Lancaster for his regular tours
around the city's castle, pubs and beerhouses. He has been a keen musician
for the best part of 20 years and is also the leader of the brass section
for street band Baybeat.
Soul Company Dave
Sharp, co-founder and guitarist of top British rock band The
Alarm, launched this new band at the Bobbin, Lancaster in Dec. 2003
after a chance meeting in Lancaster with one of the UK’s finest
bass players, Keith Ashcroft (Chris Farlowe, Hamish
Stewart). They're joined by long time associate and master drummer Paul
Burgess (10cc, Jethro Tull) to solidify the rhythm section.
Ashcroft and Burgess are well known on the NW music scene for their
work with Lancaster band Free Parking, and have brought in Carnforth
guitarist Moe Witham, whose career includes spells
with Micky Jupp and Dr. Feelgood.
Dave left the UK music scene in 1991 and following the trail of American
songwriting legend Woody Guthrie he headed to the US in order to grow
as a writer and performer. Teaming up with maverick record producer,
Bob Johnston, he spent the next few years touring and recording with
artists he had long respected and admired, such as Willie Nelson, Johnny
Cash, Larry Crane and Dave Grissolm (The John Cougar Mellencamp band),
George Porter (The Neville Brothers), Chris Solberg (Santana). With
two excellently received solo albums and an extensive touring itinerary
under his belt, he began to look once again to the British music scene
for inspiration. “I saw fewer and fewer U.K. rock bands able to
make a lasting impact on U.S. audiences,” says Sharp. “There
has got to be a serious British rock band capable of taking on the United
States. British rock has lost much credibility Stateside. The future
of rock and roll is at stake here," he told Virtual-Lancaster,
citing corporate mergers and marketing-driven new bands as just part
of the problem the British rock scene now faces. Read
more in our news archives.
Duo comprising Stevie-Boy Doolan and Mike G-String
Ferguson. For years Stevie toured with The Bluebird Cajun Band, but
he has now settled locally and teamed up with Mike to play the music
of the deep south of the USA - the bayous and Appalachian mountains.
Using guitars, dobro, harmonica and banjo they perform delta blues,
hillbilly, Cajun and other good-time music.
Sorrows Fall Web links: www.sorrowsfall.com and www.myspace.com/sorrowsfallband Risen from the ashes of Lancaster heavy metal outfit Desolate (reformed in 2005), Sorrows Fall have developed their own unique blend of harmonious female lead vocals and crunching and catchy heavy driven riffs. A five-piece metal band from Lancaster, and winners of the 2006 Bobbin Battle of the Bands (which was only their 3rd gig together), SF elegantly mix the hard crunching edge of doom metal with melodious lyrical eloquence. Featuring prominent former members of Skyclad, D.A.M, Phobophilia, Seraphim Xero, Sprockett Launcher and Merichane, they are adept heavy metal musicians who will impress and capture you with their engaging and energetic live performances. SF have recently recorded their first demo - 'Desolate’, and are already planning a follow up release for later this year. If you like rock and metal music then you’ll love these dark yet uplifting sounds.
Launcher Lively 4 piece funk rock band, inspired
by a mixture of modern rock and classic funk with heavy lead bass lines,
loud guitars and strong female vocals. Their CD 'Honey Truck' is now
available from gigs.
Stalked by Scarlet A young Lancaster based progressive metal quartet characterised by their bringing together of varying influences into powerful melodic songs featuring both the raw energy of thrash and the considered composition of progressive rock. Having been together for almost two years they have played with bands such as From the Ashes, Reluctant to Speak, Silence Broken and events such as Freestage Festival, Parklife and Nice 'n' Sleazy Punk Festival.
One Lancaster lass and her loop station. Niamh has been playing local gigs since she was 16, playing ambient experimental electric music. Her music has been described as both hypnotic and charming. Live shows also feature Electric Free Time Machine's Harvey Lord on drums.
Strumammy is folk duo John Rigby and Peter Quinn.
Check out the site for the link to their MP3 music excerpts. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sun Street Stompers A
traditional jazz band who've been playing every Sunday lunchtime at
the John O'Gaunt pub in Market Street, Lancaster for about the last
10 years. Word was spread that any musician, no matter how inexperienced,
would be welcome to sit in with them. This works well and they often
have many guests turning up. If any musicians visiting Lancaster go
along to the John O'Gaunt on Market Street on a Sunday lunch, they will
get to play. If you get there before 1.30pm you will GET A FREE SAUSAGE!
The Line-up is: Barrie Marshall - Clarinet, AlanDuckles - Cornet, Gerry
Duckles - Banjo, Michael Howard - Guitar, James Swinnerton - Double
Web Links: www.superkings.org and www.myspace.com/superkingstheband
The Superkings are a North West five-piece (including
piano, strings and guitar) with influences ranging
from Nick Cave and Paul Simon to Pavement and Neutral
Milk Hotel. Over the three years of the band's
existence they have tried to simply capture what
excites them about songwriting and performance and use
it to create songs that range from the raucous to the
They have become live favourites in their hometowns
playing prestigious support slots with Jeffrey Lewis,
Okkervil River, Isobel Campbell and The Great Lake
They have been described as an intricate and bitter
piano-pop outfit, taking in slow, melodic love songs
as well as upbeat jazz-inbued punk music.
Superkings' lyrics tend to come straight from a
scarred heart or humorous mind, hinting at mainstream
influences from The Beatles and The Smiths. The band
has a powerful, moving sound, with some beautifully
penned songs. Little Hope, Hit The Ground Running and
Good To Have You Home are already classics in their
The Swing Commanders
A relatively new band, The Swing Commanders is
a three-piece outfit from East Lancashire. Pete OReilly plays
guitar and sings, Jessie Winter plays lead and steel guitars and The
Great Raymondo plays bass. The band has emerged from the debris of The
Winchesters, and they play western swing music with incredible virtuosity.
Szerszynski Bronek had a career as a guitarist in the
1970s and 1980s, spanning styles as diverse as art rock, jazz fusion,
new wave, free improvisation and systems music. The last group he played
in before coming to study in Lancaster in
1986 was the minimalist ensemble Regular Music, whose collaboration
with the theatre company Lumière and Son in Kew Gardens was reportedly
one of the inspirations
for the Dukes Theatre's Promenades in Williamson Park. During the past
year he has been concentrating on song writing. "The kind of songs
I'm aiming for are like short
stories", he says. "I try to get each one to conjure up a
self-contained world, with characters that behave in ways that seem
strange but make sense in the world they're in. But it's all metaphorical,
ways of exploring the complexity
of the human heart." Expect to hear influences from Scott Walker,
Jacques Brel, Leonard Cohen and Nick Drake, with well-crafted lyrics
underlain by beautiful, intricate acoustic guitar playing with a Spanish
Tony Taffinder An exceptionally talented folk multi-instrumentalist
and a great singer of melody and harmony with a rare capacity for interpreting
both traditional and contemporary folk songs with sensitivity.
Frequently accompanied by accomplished fellow Yorkshireman Bruce
Baillie (vocals, guitar, mandola, harmonica et al).
Popular young 4-piece with many regular local
bookings playing mainly covers of blues / classic old school rock numbers
- Hendrix, Young etc.
Tel: 01524 770076 Cecilia (15/9/07): Caught the Band today at the Appleby Blues Festival thought they were fantastic (no Hendrix which was a shame) the music was dynamic/exciting and I could not get over how young they were! Their sound is very mature and worldly and belies their age!! They were a very together Band with plenty of soul (in a Bluesy kind of way). Read a review of this band
by VL's Reza Mills
A Leeds-based rock and roll band with strong Lancaster connections and
featuring the not infrequent John o' Gaunt performer, Will Newman and
members of his erstwhile blues band Little Sister. 10,000 Things tell
us (16/8/02) they have just signed a publishing deal with an enormous
music publisher and will soon be so famous that you'll be proud to say
that you knew (of) them just before they were. The band has another
web site at www.10000things.info
The 3 Ages of Elvis Lancaster based three-piece band comprised
of: Pete Rawlinson - bass
& vocals (formerly with 50 Heads Wide & Phobophilia plus he
also performs as a solo artist under the moniker Little Hero); Mark
Morgan - drums and backing vocals (formerly with Krill & Syc Duck);
Jon Carter - guitar& vocals
(formerly with Limebirds, No1 Dolphin, Natch & The Headsmen). They
play a mixture of punkrockabilly countrygrunge and pride themselves
on providing only the most basic elements in entertainment - noise,
fun and, to a lesser degree, competence without excellence.
Available to buy on CD is the debut 4-track 'One For The Money'
with the due for release in late March the second EP 'Two For The
Show' featuring 4 more songs.
The band will also have showcase 2 tracks on the forthcoming 'Godspunk
III' compilation CD (due for release on Pumf Records in April 2005
- for details visit www.pumf.net)
Comprising Tony Cooke (guitar and song, who has the dubious distinction
of being one of the musicians who kicked off folk sessions in the Brown
Cow in the 1970s), Richard Robinson (clarinet) Andy Hornby (mandolin,
octave mandolin, whistles).
Ballroom Play live at the
Bobbin, Lancaster 1st sunday night every month. There's
a distinct whiff of 1969 about Lancaster's Underground Ballroom - several
tons of Hammond organ and Leslie speaker on the stage, and a valve guitar
stack enrobed in lilac snakeskin leatherette - albeit with a distinctly
modern sensibility. Amongst their album collection (all vinyl, of course)
you will find plenty of Muscle Shoals, Deep Purple and Ornette Coleman.
Not a little Lee Perry, no shortage of Traffic and more than a modicum
of the Green Manalishi. And the Coral. And Jack Bruce, Miles Davis,
various Allmans and Wailers - and Elvis in his Vegas period. What this
all adds up to is a live performance of dripping viscerality: original
material, spontaneous apple creation and a magnolia caboose vying for
precedence with clarifoil gatefold sleeves and the RIAA curve, until
the whole morphs into a chaotic melange of boogaloo funk, reggae and
Tel. 01524 39034
Video Nasties Julian Dicken (Guitar, Vocals), Aiden
Burgess (Bass) and Michael Waller (Drums). "We grace Lancaster
and Morecambe with sound of our screeching guitars and heavy bass lines.
We blend a sound of grunge and blues to form, technically, a mess."
Janine Wells A talented singer and guitar player,
Janine has returned recently to the Lancaster area. If you have heard
her before, you will not have forgotton that wonderful voice. For those
who haven’t heard her – her voice is a mixture of the best
country, blues, jazz and folk techniques, delivering songs with amazing
sensitivity and passion. She accompanies herself on guitar performing
traditional and modern music … you really have to hear her!
band, who, when playing electrically, are more than capable of rocking
out, with hints of psychedelia and soul. When playing as an acoustic
group, the instruments include guitar, mandolin, banjo, autoharp, fiddle,
and harmonica. Obviously, these instruments encourage the music to
lean more towards folk-bluegrass-country-blues stylings, albeit with
an "alt" stuck
in front of it. They have played numerous local gigs, and since 2004,
have played several gigs across the UK, including London, Liverpool
and Glasgow. The Wisemen have received many favourable reviews in
the local press and beyond. In the Lancaster Guardian, Holly Ross
wrote: "the band were
truly wonderful.with a set as colourful, wide and impressive as a peacock's
tail!" They are now one of the artists on Liverpool's Regular
Beat Recordings. See www.regularbeat.com
for more info. They have an album of 8 numbers available for a mere
£4 from Email: email@example.com