Want to learn more about Banquet?
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: Ria Midgley – Vocals, Neil Allison – Guitar, Sam Broadway – 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.
Ria Midgley – Vocals
Ria has been performing on stage since she was three years old. She has covered everything from musical theatre through to Heavy Rock. Ria's natural talent secured her a grade 8 in classical singing when she was only 14 years old. She also has a Diploma in Music Technology, a Degree in Music Production and BA in Music Business and Management. Ria works full time singing and teaching. She loves singing all types of music which is why Banquet has such a variety of songs to offer.
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.
Sam Broadway – Bass Guitar
Sam has come over to Banquet from a background in performing original music. His steady power really drives the bass through and provides a solid platform in the Rhythm, section. His love of all music genres makes him the perfect fit for Banquet.
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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