The Band

Published on February 14th, 2012

Ruth Sutherland

I grew up in a musical family and always loved to sing.  At school one day when I was about 10 they handed me a Spanish acoustic guitar and taught me how to play ‘merrily we roll along’; when I got home my dad said to me “don’t learn the guitar – everyone plays the guitar.  Learn the bass and you’ll never be without a gig”.  And he was right.

I’ve since sung and played in a number of different bands, both originals and covers, including rock/metal, soul, indie and even big band!  I’ve played in pubs, clubs, weddings, festivals and Legoland Denmark!

I play a Warwick Thumb 5 string bass guitar (straight-through neck) made of bubinga wood, through a Trace Elliot stack.  I also have an Ibanez acoustic five string that I had to order from Germany because they just don’t sell them here…

Music I listen to? Well, classic rock, and in particular ‘hair metal’ is my first love.  I love Extreme, Bon Jovi (just the old stuff, nothing past ‘Keep the Faith’, obviously), Def Leppard, Van Halen, Aerosmith, The Darkness, Europe, The Little Angels, Yngwie Malmsteen, Deep Purple and Whitesnake.  But I have developed a taste for some newer stuff too – like Alter Bridge, Evanescence and Shinedown.

As a singer, big influences have to be Aretha Franklin, Dio, and Gillan, and as a bassist how can I fail to mention Flea and Jah Wobble?

Best gig… Too many awesome gigs to choose from, so I’ll be girly and say Metallica in 1996, simply on the basis that it was my first date with Robb Sutherland…

Robb Sutherland

When I was 8 my dad came home from work with a copy of Appetite for Destruction and I’ve never looked back since.  I picked up a guitar and a top hat as a teenager and started playing!  OK, maybe not the hat.IMG_4306

I’ve played in a few bands in the last 15 years doing pubs, clubs, weddings and even the big top at a festival.  I love playing both covers and original material.

I used to be hooked on blues based rock playing GN’R, Aerosmith, Led Zep and so on.  When I met Adam he convinced me to listen to a bunch of stunt guitarists and hang on the whammy bar.  Whether playing like Slash or Eddie Van Halen it’s all fun!

I play a black 1980 Custom Shop Les Paul, an Ibanez Jem 7v and a Variax 700.  I use a YJM 100 Marshall amp which is a modded 59′ Plexi head as my main rig with an extensive effects board.  I also use a Heil Talk Box because it’s fun!

Bands I like other than GN’R and Aerosmith?  AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Van Halen, Alice Cooper, Motörhead, Metallica, Def Leppard, The Darkness and just about anything you could listen to whilst riding a Harley across The States.

Best gig… Guns N’ Roses in ’93 or Slash in 2011.

Adam Boyd

I started playing drums 27 years ago self taught by playing along to my early influences such as Queen and U2.

Over the following years I played in a number of pub bands performing a mix of originals and covers rocking anything from Aerosmith to ZZ-Top.

If I’m asked Bonham or Moon? I answer Peart!

Musically I listen to a lot of Maiden, Anthrax, Metallica, Rush, Steve Vai, Van Halen and many many others.

Best gig… either Donnington 1991 or Chickenfoot 2012.

image001Mike Barber

My Dad taught me classical piano from a very early age.  Then from the age of 17, whilst studying music at college, I joined my first band & was hooked.  It was the early 80’s & for the next 2 decades enjoyed/endured the harsh & unforgiving environment of the North East working men’s club.

I enjoy most music genres, particularly rock & blues.

People who make me want to give it all up & sell my gear include: –

Jon Lord, Jimmy Smith & Alan Clark (ex Dire Straits)

Most enjoyable gigs must include David Bowie 1985, Roker Park, Sunderland, Jools Holland, Harrogate 2007 & the countless time I’ve seen Chris Farlowe (unbelievable voice!)

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