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Banquet play songs from different genres and decades to provide a sound to entertain everyone. Their performances are high energy and get the crowd up and dancing – great to make your event even more special. The line up is: Georgia Bartlett – Vocals, Neil Allison – Guitar, Cai Martlew – Bass Guitar, Mark Hillyer – Drums
Their current song list includes songs from Blondie, Jackie Wilson, Killers, Muse, Florence and the Machine, ABBA, 4 Non Blondes, Fratellis, Mark Ronson, Amy Winehouse, Guns and Roses, Kaiser Chiefs, Stereophonics, Bruno Mars, Paulo Nutini, Pink, Fleetwood Mac to name just a few. To find out the latest song list CLICK HERE.
Georgia Bartlett – Vocals
Georgia has been singing since the age of 10 and has been classically trained achieving grade 8. This has been paramount in giving Georgia the power to cut through in rock music. During her singing career she has sung in many different acts including choirs, rock bands, duets etc. Her early influences include the cranberries, Jewel, Florence and the machine to name a few. Her love for indie and rock music has landed her in her perfect band, Banquet. As a live singer, Georgia gets plenty of opportunity to perform and the variety of material keeps the band exciting and fun.
Neil Allison – Guitar
Neil started playing guitar back in 1987 influenced by his love of classic rock music. Over the years Neil has played in many bands from original rock bands to acoustic duets. He has a 1st Class BA (Hons) in music performance and is currently a music teacher when not playing live (Check out his website here). His early influences included Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Led Zepplin, ACDC, etc. Over the years this has expanded greatly and Neil is comfortable with pretty much any genre whether playing Lead or Rhythm.
Cai Martlew – Bass Guitar
Cai is a professional musician and teacher. He's a lover of all sorts of music but loves anything with a good groove. His musical journey began as a teenager when he decided to form a band with some friends. None of which could play any instruments but they decided to learn that part of it on the job. The plucky group of teenagers drew lots on who'd play which instrument and 'Toxic Sausage' was born. Over the course of Cai's career he's been lucky enough to have gained a considerable wealth of experience playing with all sorts of ensembles including jazz bands, orchestras and pit bands. At university Cai chose to read for a 4 year Bmus qualification. During which classical guitar and double bass were his primary and secondary instruments respectively. He loves nothing more than locking in with a good drummer to get people dancing.
Mark Hillyer – Drums
Mark started playing drums at the age of 15 and has performed with many bands, giving him the ability to perform better each time also teaching him to respect, integrate, listen, analyse and synchronise with the musicians he performs with. His early influences include U2, Simple Minds, David Bowie, The Pretenders and Motown. Later on in life he discovered bands like Faith no More, Rage Against the Machine, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Alice in Chains and Nirvana all inspiring his playing. Playing live is for Mark the best part of being part of a band as it takes him to many places and meet new people. Teaching has become a big part of his drumming history teaching many a friends son to play. His years of experience, solid timing and incredible dynamic range make him the perfect drummer for Banquet
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